The population of Venice, recently dipped below 55,000, an historic low and a sharp drop from the 190,000 people who lived there at the end of the Second World War.

Locals are being forced out by high rents, a lack of affordable housing and a dramatic increase in the number of apartments being rented out to tourists through sites such as Airbnb. They are often compelled to relocate to the mainland, across the lagoon, commuting into the historic heart of Venice by water bus or train.

The protest, dubbed “Venexodus”, will take place on Saturday, with hundreds of locals planning to converge on the town hall with a suitcase symbolising the fact that Venetians are being forced to leave the city because they just can’t afford to live here anymore.



In Venice from 10 November 2016