The Moral Dilemmas of Overtourism

Jessica Toale
Jul 23, 2019 · 4 min read

This morning it emerged that a pair of tourist were fined in Venice for making coffee near the base of the Rialto Bridge. In brewing their coffee the tourists had contravened some obscure rule the city put in place to manage the influx of tourists it receives every year.

Venice is a unique case. There are around only 270,000 permanent residents in a city that receives more than 20 million visitors a year.