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    • Interesting... my first attempt to guess at a solution would be one way to try and "regulate" the visitor influx using free market principles. i.e. pricing based on availability, demand and offer. I am sure it's not so simple to define "tourists" yet if, for example, locals control say, bed and breakfast, or restaurant prices, then it could help.

    • You're right @Victoria, that was interesting. I think similar issues exist for other popular destinations - like the national parks both here and in Canada.

      I have a habit of trying to visit places around the edge of tourist season. I've found that helps from a standpoint of not needing to stand in a sea of humanity in order to see things.

      I visited Iceland in September 2010, making a reservation for only the first 2 nights and finding guesthouses and hostels as I traveled. Even that long ago I don't think I could have pulled that off in prime tourist season.

    • The whole lagoon of Venice was injured by this anomalous wave of bad weather. Burano and Murano (two islands of the lagoon famous for their lace and blown glass) were hit hard at high tide as was Venice, but the whole world spoke only of Piazza San Marco and flooded shops. You may not have read it, but during this event the curious tourists crowded in order to take pictures or make videos or a selfie to publish, but then complained about having paid too much money for walking in high water.
      The whole of Italy has been plagued by bad weather (still in progress) and I am sorry if the works of art will be ruined but the most important things such as people's lives and entire isolated villages due to lack of electricity and thick snow should arouse more concern of a luxury hotel or a bar where a coffee costs 10 euros (normally costs 1 euro).
      Everyone knows that the lagoon of Venice is destined to be buried in water, but nobody does anything. the Mose project will not work (if they ever carry it out) and the crowd of tourists will continue to crowd the city, eager for pictures to post.
      Did you know that many tourists before going to Venice ask if it's the best time to find high water? People are crazy!! The Italian State will reimburse millions of euro to merchants who will surely make the already unrealistic prices of the goods even higher, while the ruins of the Perugia and Amatrice earthquakes are still there to be removed and the people who have lost everything will live another winter in houses of wood or home of relatives. Do you know that there were tourists who organized trips to go and photograph the ruins of the cities hit by the earthquake? Regardless of the pain of the people affected by the tragedy and that beneath those ruins there were still bodies of dead people to pull out.
      It's a real shit!

    • I've never understood the desire to go to places during bad conditions like this. I wish everyone would be respectful of the people who live in the area experiencing these conditions.

    • I'm really sorry to learn about the disastrous weather that hit there, have seen scenes from snow impacted areas as well. Monuments, history and art losses are regrettable but in no way comparable with a single human life loss or suffering. I do hope all affected can stay safe and healthy. I really appreciate your shared impressions. As for the "tourists" who go out of their way to sample and immortalize other's disasters, I have only these words - SICK PEOPLE.

    • Unfortunately for many people in the world, Italy is known as "the beautiful country" made of pizza, spaghetti and good life, but our country is full of geophysical problems. Thanks to you and all the other members of this group because you give me the opportunity to freely share my thoughts and get to know yours. I totally agree with you