Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Gondoliers warn Venice has more holes than Swiss cheese


(ANSA) - Venice, October 10 - A lack of proper maintenance
means the famous city of Venice is crumbling so badly that it
resembles a slice of Swiss cheese, gondoliers said Wednesday.
And city council is urging more funds be invested in
shoring up the foundations of structures that are being eroded
by time and water pollution.
The alarms follow the collapse of part of a bank in the
area of Piazzale Roma, near the modern Calatrava Bridge, which
geologists say is damaging the foundation under its weight.
"Just turn around a boat in the canals and you'll realize
at once that the old town is like Swiss cheese," said Aldo
Reato, head of the gondoliers association.
Alessandro Maggioni, Venice's councillor for public works,
has called on the Italian government to invest 60 million euros
in routine maintenance.

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