Latest Massimo Cacciari Stories

2009-07-28 18:30:00

The mayor of Venice, Italy, says he lectured and called the police on a man he caught urinating into a canal. Mayor Massimo Cacciari said he came upon a Portuguese tourist urinating into the canal Monday night, ANSA reported Tuesday. I saw a gentleman peeing in a canal and took the liberty of telling him that he probably wouldn't do so in his living room, Cacciari said. I then called the city police to clear things up. Police fined the man $70.

2009-02-23 19:27:24

Officials in Venice, Italy, deny the city is selling out to the Coca-Cola Co. by approving a deal to allow Coke vending machines in the lagoon city. The Italian daily La Stampa said Monday Venice was selling itself in a $2.1 million agreement that the newspaper said would result in vending machines in every corner of the city -- including St Mark's Square, where strict city regulations prohibit tourists from picnicking -- ANSA reported. However, Maurizio Calligaro, chief of staff to the city...

2008-12-02 07:55:00

A city known for its famous canals is now underwater thanks to heavy rains and high winds that left it almost completely flooded on Monday after nearby sea levels hit their highest mark in 22 years. The mayor urged people to stay indoors; ferry and water taxi services in the lagoon city were suspended. Tourists and residents waded across streets and popular sites like St. Mark's Square in thigh-high water, while chairs of outdoor cafes were fully submerged. More than 99 percent of the city...

2006-11-13 10:52:16

ROME -- A government plan to build moveable flood barriers to protect the famous city of canals during high tides is a mistake, the mayor of Venice said Saturday. The government has approved a $5.5 billion project to build hinged barriers in the seabed just off Venice. The barriers could be raised to ease the effect of high tides, which frequently flood St. Mark's Square. The project is dubbed "Moses" after the Biblical figure who parted the Red Sea. Some environmentalists have protested the...

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