Venice ready to turn back tourists if too many come

ROME — Venice has installed temporary gates at the ends of two bridges to turn back tourists if their numbers become overwhelming.

The Italian lagoon city put the measure in place for a four-day holiday weekend that ends on Labor Day, May 1.

By early Saturday afternoon, municipal police officers monitoring the flow of arrivals judged the crowds manageable enough that the gates didn't need to be shut yet.

Tourists far outnumber residents in carless Venice, where the narrow streets become almost impassable during peak travel times.

Crowds get especially heavy when cruise ships disembark thousands of passengers at once for day trips.

The city has struggled for decades with what to do about its dwindling population, but also lives off tourism.

Must Read

Niki Lauda released from hospital after lung...

Oct 24, 2018

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda has been released from a Vienna hospital nearly three...

Azerbaijan: 25 die in morning fire at drug rehab...

Mar 2, 2018

Authorities in Azerbaijan say at least 25 people have been killed in a fire at a drug...

Fire kills 24 people in drug treatment center in...

Mar 2, 2018

US-AZERBAIJAN-FIRE:Fire kills 24 people in drug treatment center in Azerbaijan

Ice packs: Cigarette smugglers find frozen route...

Jan 19, 2018

US-LITHUANIA-SMUGGLING:Ice packs: Cigarette smugglers find frozen route to Lithuania

Purged from Turkey's army, officers seek asylum...

Mar 10, 2017

In the wake of last year's coup in Turkey, scores of purged military officers are seeking asylum in...

Sign up now!

The Healthier Web delivers accurate and up-to-date health information through medical content and insights from experts. Feel the ‘ohm’ here in The Healthier Web.

Contact us: sales[at]thehealthierweb.com