10:46 GMT18 April 2021
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    ROME (Sputnik) - The Italian government has decided to ban the entry of multi-decked cruise ships and other large-capacity vessels into the Venetian Lagoon.

    This has been demanded by various public organisations and prominent cultural figures for many years.

    "This is the right decision that has been expected for many years," Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said in comment on the adoption of the government decree on Twitter. He said UNESCO insisted on such a decision.

    ​As the office of the Government Palace of Chigi said Wednesday evening, at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, a government decree in the sphere of transport was approved. Its purpose was "a structural solution to the problem of the entry of large ships into Venice".

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