Europe Is Venice being loved to death?

Tourism in Venice is booming. But as a result, the city's population has dwindled to less than 60,000, driven away by millions of tourists who mob the piazzas and drive up the cost of living.

By , Correspondent

Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

It goes unnoticed by the vast majority of tourists exploring the famous Rialto Bridge, but bears silent witness to the slow demographic death of one of the world’s most extraordinary cities. An electronic counter in the front window of the Farmacia Morelli, a historical  pharmacy in the very heart of Venice, records the drastic decline in population that the city is experiencing.