Two million passengers a year are of considerable importance for the tourism sector and the local economy. A growing number of people choose to visit our marvellous city, arriving here by ship and making Venice perhaps the most popular stop-off port in Europe. This is a positive sign, something that must be made the most of. It is also important to safeguard the particular nature of the local landscape, and to find a solution able to protect the lagoon without penalising the cruise industry. Such a solution is possible, and the proposal put forward by the chairman of the Port Authority to adopt a route that would significantly cut traffic through the San Marco basin is an excellent idea to achieve both objectives, by having passenger ships come ashore in the Marittima basin.