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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:12 PM

Put Off by Venice's Crowds? Try the Oasis Next Door.

'Should tourism be limited in overcrowded European cities? The author ponders the issue as he explores Treviso, Veniceís quieter neighbor, where canals also flow.

The website of the city of Venice provides high water advisories to help people avoid flooded areas. Now it also forecasts another kind of flood: tourist inundations. It uses a scale of 1 to 20 stick figures, the kind found on the doors of menís bathrooms. A recent April day could have been worse: 15 menís-room men. Still, the city felt crowded, pungent, a little sticky. I boarded a train, eager to breathe in a gulp of fresh, authentic Italian air. I went to Treviso.

Treviso? For those who have actually heard of Treviso, the question is probably still ó Treviso? Who in their right mind would willingly abandon Venice, home to a mind-boggling maze of architectural, artistic and historical treasures for a mostly overlooked destination best known for crimson radicchio, bright Benetton sweaters and The Fountain of the Boobs: a statue of a topless woman squeezing two arcs of drinking water ó and on holidays, wine ó from an ample bosom. And itís not even the original.

But in one critical respect, Trevisoís scantiness is its salvation, just as Veniceís abundance is its ruin.

Venice has become arguably the European capital of overtourism, an inelegant neologism describing the hoards of tourists who have laid waste to the neighborhoods and character of some of the European continentís most cherished cities.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/travel/venice-treviso-overtourism.html?

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:19 PM

1. Been there twice

First time, twenty years ago, it was a lovely and beautiful place. Second time, hordes of day tourists ruined the experience for everyone. Cruise ships dump thousands into this tiny city every day. And prices have skyrocketed. $125.00 for two bears and two wines in St. Marks Square. It soon will be overwhelmed. Sad!

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Response to snowybirdie (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 01:07 PM

4. Taking about charging day trippers

I saw a proposal a month or so ago about them considering charging an entrance fee for day trippers. It was pretty low as I recall, like $10 or so. A friend suggested they should charge a fee more like Disney World. Something on the order of $80 - $100.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:40 PM

2. I spent a weekend in Treviso for a European Rugby game and it's a

nice quirky town, with an ice-cream parlour that came 3rd in a European competition a few years back. You can get a local train into Venice, which we did.

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 12:44 PM

3. Nice, sorry we missed it (especially the ice cream parlour!)

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 01:19 PM

5. The ice-cream shop is closed in January for holidays !

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 01:26 PM

6. Smart!

We were there in early June, after attending a wedding in Poland. I recall a GREAT ice cream stand there (and of course stands and shoppes all over!)

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