Venice Canals Clear Up & Nature Is Recovering; The Silver Lining In Italy's Lockdown

The lack of tourists and general crowd around Italy due to the lockdown provided Nature enough time and space to recover. Canals in Venice are cleaner and clearer after a very long time. Swans, dolphins, cormorants, tiny fishes, ducks, seaweed have all resurfaced to enjoy the break in the occupation of their surroundings.

 
 
 
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Gloria Beggiato, who owns the Metropolitan Hotel across the Venice canals says to The Guardian, "It is calm like a pond, because there are no more waves caused by motorised boats transporting day-tripper tourists. And of course, the giant cruise ships have disappeared."

 
 
 
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He further adds, "We Venetians have a feeling that nature has returned and is taking back possessions of the city. If you ask me today - sunny blue skies, clear canals - then, yes, we would all like Venice to stay like this for a while. But we need, and look forward to, the return of tourists, though maybe not the 20 million a year that we have had to cope with. I honestly believe we should take the opportunity of this lockdown to reflect and see how we can be more organized in the future to find a balance between the city and tourism."

Mr. Beggiato's words ring true to all of us. What are you, as a traveller, hoping to change about your travel patterns that can help maintain a healthy balance between tourism and environmental responsibility? We welcome your views in the comments below!

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