MSC Divina cruise ship in Venice lagoon
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Venice cruise ship ban to go ahead as planned

10 August 2014 Last updated at 00:17 BST

Italy is going ahead with plans to ban large cruise ships from the centre of Venice to protect the medieval floating city from potential damage.

The government has commissioned an environmental study for an alternative route, which would still satisfy the tourist industry, the lifeblood of Venice.

Janey Mitchell reports.