Venice from the sea
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Venice was built to be reached from the sea
The city's unique beauty, and the careful management of the cruise industry, let Venice climb the world's rankings. In 2012 it contends with Barcelona the top spot as Mediterranean's leading home port, and ranks 9th at the world level.
Today, cruise-related activities are a decisive component in the city's economy, complementing and (at the same time) alternative to tourism. The environmental sustainability and the safety of the passage of cruise liners within the city center are not-negotiable issues.
The cruise ships' ever growing dimensions, however, opened up a lively debate that is leading to a re-definition of the relationship between Venice and its port. This re-definition will see the "white ships" adapting to Venice and Venice finding a new way to welcome them, as it always did.