August 23rd 2019, Venice. Tourists observe a giant map of Venice inside a parking building located in one of the main transport hubs of the city, Piazzale Roma.
Following complains from local residents, Venice municipality recently launched #EnjoyRespectVenezia, a campaign to promote more respectful behaviours among tourists visiting the city.
With approximately 50,000 permanent residents and almost 30 million visitors per year, Venice arguably withstands the world’s highest tourist pressure for an urban space. Space saturation, environmental problems, lack of affordable housing and a generalized touristification of public spaces are some of the key issues (directly or indirectly) related to overtourism.