July 24th 2019, Venice. A model during an improvised photo shoot along Venice’s Grand Canal, near Rialto Bridge. The photo set re-enacts a stereotypical ‘Italian scene’, including a waterside pizza picnic, an Italian water bottle and a designer handbag.

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. Environmental problems, space saturation, lack of affordable housing and a generalized touristification of public spaces are some of the key issues (directly or indirectly) related to overtourism.

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