Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead


Venice has captured travelers’ hearts for hundreds of years. An artistic and architectural masterpiece, this city on the sea is home to the iconic Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, and Saint Mark’s Square. But what happens when people flood the canals faster than the rising water? Venice receives around 30 million visitors per year, and overtourism isn’t just affecting the city’s romantic vibe. Heavy foot, boat, and cruise traffic is polluting its delicate lagoon, and locals are leaving because of ballooning property values. (Tourists could destroy Venice—if floods don’t first.)
By Caitlin Etherton

Bruges, Belgium
Photograph by Sorin Colac
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Suzhou, China
Photograph by Jan Wlodarczyk
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Gold Coast, Australia
Photograph by Enrique Díaz
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Annecy, France
Photograph by Robert Harding
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These historic harbors rival Italy’s “City of Canals.” Here’s how to see them responsibly.
more at National Geographic

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