By Julia Buckley, CNN • Published 14th July 2021
(CNN) — First there was a ban. Then it became a pre-ban for an uncertain date in the future. Then they were back in the city until further notice.
Now, cruise ships will be banned from sailing through the city center of Venice from August 1, the Italian government has announced.
Instead of sailing past the iconic St Mark’s Square, and up the narrow Giudecca Canal, docking in the city-center port, from next month large cruise ships will be rerouted through the Venice lagoon, and dock on the mainland, at the industrial port of Marghera.