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Roman river too dirty for cruises

Roman river too dirty for cruises
10 May 2013

Cruises along Rome's River Tiber have been suspended for the first time in a decade because of the waterway's 'state of abandonment'.

Mauro Pica Villa from Rome Boats, the company in charge of all cruises on the river, said he was 'ashamed' of the rubbish and pollution blighting the Tiber, AFP reports.

'The last time the river was cleaned up was in 2008,' he added. 'Everyone can see it since trees along the Tiber are covered in plastic bags and other rubbish every time the river overflows.'

Cruises on the river were first launched with great success by Rome mayor Walter Veltroni in 2003, with 40,000 seats a year being sold.

It has been a bad week for Rome's tourism industry, with the current mayor Gianni Alemanno forced to apologise to a group of British tourists after they were charged €64 (£54) for four ice creams at a gelateria in the city. ADNFCR-408-ID-801583866-ADNFCR

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