EXCLUSIVE-Italy to make fresh attempt to keep liners out of Venice lagoon - sources

Rome has passed legislation in the past to limit liners' access to one of the world's most famous tourist sites

  
The first cruise ship of the summer season, the MSC Orchestra, departs from the Port of Venice, in the historic centre, en route to Bari, as people on boats hold a protest to demand an end to cruise ships passing through the lagoon city, in Venice, Italy, June 5, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

The first cruise ship of the summer season, the MSC Orchestra, departs from the Port of Venice, in the historic centre, en route to Bari, as people on boats hold a protest to demand an end to cruise ships passing through the lagoon city, in Venice, Italy, June 5, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

ROME - The Italian cabinet will meet on Tuesday to discuss new measures to try to keep large cruise ships out of Venice lagoon, two government sources said.

Rome has passed legislation in the past to limit liners' access to one of the world's most famous tourist sites, but an alternative docking point is not yet ready.

Residents protested in June when the 92,000 tonne MSC Orchestra sailed through the lagoon en route for Croatia and Greece, attracting the attention of international media. 

(Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte and Angelo Amante, writing by Gavin Jones) ((gavin.jones@thomsonreuters.com; +39 06 8522 4232;))


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