How tourism is affecting the culture of Venice, Italy

Gondola in Venice, Italy. Photo credit: Michelle Maria/CC 2.0, via Pixabay

Summer is a time to travel, and tourism is good for the economy. However, some popular destinations are now overrun with tourists. In places like Machu Picchu, Barcelona, and Iceland hordes of people are creating heavy traffic, crowding sidewalks, tromping on delicate ruins, and doing anything for the perfect selfie.

Press Play’s new summer series called #stayhome features places in the world where locals are pulling back their welcome mats. We start in Venice, Italy, which attracts more than 20 million visitors a year, and that number keeps going up.

Credits

Guest:
Luca Velo - researcher at the University of Venice

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Caitlin Plummer