After five wonderful days in Florence, we hustled our luggage onto a train (in 10 stressful minutes of chaos), and had a fast trip to Venice. Once there, everything was done by boat, or walking - there are no cars in Venice Venice is indeed the city of boats.
The problem is seen not so much as the cruise ships visiting Venice, but the route they sail through the narrow Giudecca Channel, just off St. Mark's Square between two of the main islands. First the large size cruise ships were banned from using this route, then the ban has been lifted, then the mayor of Venice was jailed for corruption so nothing was done, and so the controversy continues. Much more serious is the problem of high water levels, which I'll write about another day.