Venice was long known as the city of love and as "La Serenissima" or "very serene". But now Venice is far from serene. In the latest, UNESCO has suggested that the picturesque Italian city be added to the endangered World Heritage list.
UNESCO in a statement said that the city is on the verge of "irreversible" damage owing to overdevelopment, tourism rush and climate change leading to floods. The UN body has warned Italian authorities of the city being placed on the World Heritage blacklist if they don't take immediate measures.
The effects of the continuing deterioration due to human intervention, including continuing development, the impacts of climate change and mass tourism threaten to cause irreversible changes to the outstanding universal value of the property.
UNESCO also said that there has been a lack of strategic vision and progress by Italy to address the number of issues affecting Venice.
VIDEO: The UN's cultural agency UNESCO recommends that Venice be added to its list of world heritage in danger, saying the Italian authorities needed to step up efforts to secure the historic city and its surrounding lagoon. pic.twitter.com/P7zDi2kPrx
On the other hand, the current Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro had said in 2019 that they will write to UNESCO urging the city to be added to the endangered list after a huge vessel crashed into a tourist boat on the canal that year.
Bruganaro at the time felt that the Italian government wasn't doing enough.
The Italian government has been taking some measures. It is enforcing a ban on large vessels in the San Marco Canal, though UNESCO feels there are other more polluting boats too.
UNESCO also pointed out a problem with a large number of tourists visiting the city, leading to an expansion of urban projects that are damaging to the fragile and historical structures of Venice.
UNESCO has also recommended that the high-rise buildings remain far away from the city centre as they have a "significant negative visual impact".