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“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." 

- Albert Einstein

Italy: Wildlife Returning as Humans Stay Away

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

Ben Dolbear explores the natural reclamation of Venice and other sites benefiting from a reduction in humanity's impact. | Nature and Environmental

Photo by Ibrahim Rifath


Recently, the city council of Venice approved an unprecedented move to tax any foreign tourists who enter the city. This was due to the vast daily clean-up operation needed and the environmental impact caused by those visiting the ancient city.


The Coronavirus pandemic has left Venice and cities across Italy deserted amid harsh quarantine rules. The global community has been watching Italy closely whilst the extent of the impact is being understood. Today, it seems as though the wildlife of Venice are relocating back.


Nature Returns


Once a powerful presence, the length of the La Serenissima waterways, usually dominated by 30 million annual visitors, the Venetian streets are now being reclaimed by nature. V