Before COVID-19, Venice was overwhelmed by tourists, a boon for the city’s economy but a sometimes inconvenient reality for residents. As the city reopens, some residents tell CNN’s Ben Wedeman they hope a new balance can be struck.
A few days before Italy is set to lift restrictions across much of the country after being locked down since March 10, the streets of Venice are starting to spring back to life.
There are no tourists here just yet. Instead the noise is from vacuum cleaners and sanitation crews inside stores that are getting ready for the grand reopening on May 18.