Why we should be worried about Venice

Venice at night

Venice has been luring people to her watery canals and romantic atmosphere for centuries. Founded in the 5th century as temporary settlements to escape invasions by Attila the Hun, Venice rose to be one of the greatest capitals in the medieval world. After a rise and fall as a maritime superpower between the 9th and 15th centuries, she kept her worldwide recognition during the Renaissance period by becoming the hotspot for arts and culture. In 1987 Venice became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nowadays tourists are her biggest patron…biggest patron, indeed. To the tune of over 20 million visitors a year.  Venice over-tourism is now a huge problem for the city.

Low-cost travel transportation, cheap lodging and easy tech-driven travel planning has spurred over one billion people to leave their home and go see the world.  One can hardly argue why Venice is at the top of so many of those travelers’ bucket lists. For starters the entire city is an architectural masterpiece, follow that with being surrounded by a magical atmosphere of waterways and bridges, a rich cultural history, the romance of getting around only by foot or in a boat, now bookend all of that with delicious Italian food and wine. Yes, please! Who wouldn’t want to make this a “must-see” destination?

Over-tourism in Venice is taking a massive toll

The daily visitor count in Venice can rise as high as 120,000 people in high season. Venice only has 55,000 permanent residents to begin with. Visitors from cruise ships, as many as 40,000 a day pour into the city, stay for a few hours and leave. This type of tourist usually visits the main attractions, buys a few trinkets, clogs up the bridges for the selfie, and hops back on the boat before dinner is served. There is no significant financial contribution made at all.

A large cruise ship outside Venice. Photo credit: VladoZg/Pixabay

People that come into the city and only stay a night or two might also be part of the problem. Property in Venice is expensive. Many home owners are turning their real-estate into lucrative short-term rentals. This practice is nice for the traveler on a budget but makes it impossible for locals to find affordable housing.

The tourism industry in Venice is by far the largest employer. It’s hard for locals to find opportunities outside of that field. The charming restaurants, shops, and experiences become just for tourists. All of the workers are there just for tourists.

When people can’t go about their daily routines without being hit by a selfie-stick every single day, they are annoyed. When people can’t afford housing because it’s all rented out to tourists, they can’t live there.  When locals can’t find work except in tourism, they might not be able to pursue their career there. It stands to reason that when Venetian residents can’t afford it, don’t desire it and aren’t fulfilled by it, they leave their beloved city and the population shrinks. Authenticity is lost and the city becomes nothing more than a Disneyland park built for tourists. 

How to Responsibly Visit Venice

It’s ok to still want to visit this amazing city. There are ways to be a responsible tourist and make sure you aren’t contributing to the problem. Travel in the off-peak season. Stay several nights and eat and shop local. Get out and explore beyond the tourist hotspots and spend your money there too. Adhere to the local traditions for dress and behavior. Learn a few phrases in Italian and use them when you interact with shop owners and restaurant staff. Most importantly just be kind and respectful. 

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Find it on the map

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Google Map
UNESCO World Heritage Sites Google Map

Top Stories

Machu Picchu
7 wonders of the modern world are UNESCO World Heritage Sites too
July 12, 2022
UNESCO World Heritage Movies Spectre
Top 10 movies that feature UNESCO World Heritage Sites
November 19, 2018

Follow Us

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required


We are using cookies to give you the best experience. You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in privacy settings.
AcceptPrivacy Settings


Last updated: June 04, 2017

McCadams Creative, LLC (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the https://www.globalheritagetravel.com website (the “Service”).

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information when you use our Service.

We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.

We use your Personal Information for providing and improving the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

Information Collection And Use

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to, your email address, name (“Personal Information”).

We collect this information for the purpose of providing the Service, identifying and communicating with you, responding to your requests/inquiries, servicing your purchase orders, and improving our services.

Log Data

We may also collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Service (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.

In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyze this type of information in order to increase our Service’s functionality. These third party service providers have their own privacy policies addressing how they use such information.


Cookies are files with a small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and transferred to your device. We use cookies to collect information in order to improve our services for you.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. The Help feature on most browsers provide information on how to accept cookies, disable cookies or to notify you when receiving a new cookie.

If you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some features of our Service and we recommend that you leave them turned on.

Behavioral Remarketing

McCadams Creative, LLC uses remarketing services to advertise on third party web sites to you after you visited our Service. We, and our third party vendors, use cookies to inform, optimize and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services and/or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform specific tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use your information for any other purpose.


We may use your Personal Information to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send.

Compliance With Laws

We will disclose your Personal Information where required to do so by law or subpoena or if we believe that such action is necessary to comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement or to protect the security or integrity of our Service.


The security of your Personal Information is important to us, and we strive to implement and maintain reasonable, commercially acceptable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information we store, in order to protect it from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure.

However, please be aware that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and we are unable to guarantee the absolute security of the Personal Information we have collected from you.

International Transfer

Your information, including Personal Information, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the information, including Personal Information, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Links To Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Children’s Privacy

Only persons age 18 or older have permission to access our Service. Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13 (“Children”).

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If you are a parent or guardian and you learn that your Children have provided us with Personal Information, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Information from a children under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of June 04, 2017 and will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page.

We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Policy at any time and you should check this Privacy Policy periodically. Your continued use of the Service after we post any modifications to the Privacy Policy on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy.

If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you either through the email address you have provided us, or by placing a prominent notice on our website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.