The company in charge of all Tiber River cruises has suspended operations indefinitely, claiming the waterway is just too dirty.”We’re ashamed of the Tiber’s state of abandonment,” a Rome Boats spokesperson has said.According to the spokesperson, the last time the river was cleaned was in 2008 and Rome City Hall is denying responsibility for the Tiber’s upkeep (a still used 1906 law has deemed the waters of the Tiber as ‘maritime’ and not ‘communal’ and therefore not the city’s responsibility), the AFP reported.Rome Boats has run river cruises along the Tiber, Italy’s third longest river, since 2003, but with the river’s stone embankments now grey with pollution and rubbish collecting at the river bank, the company’s spokesperson said the cruises will not commence “out of respect” for tourists and locals alike.“Everyone can see it since trees along the Tiber are covered in plastic bags and other rubbish every time the river overflows,” the spokesperson said.From the chatter on TripAdvisor the cruises may not be missed as the narrowness of the river and the high embankments don’t recommend themselves to all visitors. The Tiber, itself, however is still rated well, ranking 320 out of the 530 Roman attractions reviewed on the site.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G. A. Cruise company ashamed of Tiber’s “abandonment”.
RelatedBrits prepared to wait for last minute holidaysMore than one million Brits left booking their summer holiday until the last minute this year in an attempt to save moneyFlights to Munich popular ahead of OktoberfestPeople of all ages are expected to book flights to Munich for this year’s Oktoberfest, the Munich Tourist Office has said.Brits are biggest in-flight drinkers, but vote to fly dry41% of British air travellers support alcohol-free flights Brits who have booked flights abroad spend more time sunbathing and drinking in bars than holidaymakers from other European countries.This is according to a new survey by TripAdvisor, which also revealed that UK holidaymakers spend the least amount of time embarking on cultural outings.British tourists were found to spend an average of two hours and 53 minutes a day soaking up the rays, which compares to the Spanish average of one hour and 58 minutes.It was also revealed that, on average, Brits spend one hour and 38 minutes a day in the pub or bar, compared to Italians who spend just 49 minutes a day sampling the local brew.TripAdvisor spokesman Luke Fredberg said that Brits typically enjoy “sun, shopping and sangria” while away on holiday.”Although the survey shows we may not be the biggest ‘culture vultures’, we do place value on enjoying cultural pursuits as well as sun, on our holidays,” he commented.Brits were shown to spend an average of two hours and 17 minutes visiting museums and looking at local architecture, which compares to Spanish travellers’ three hours and 28 minutes.A separate TripAdvisor poll recently revealed that the overwhelming majority of Brits (79 percent) think there should be child-free zones on aeroplanes.Want to escape from little Britain this summer? Read our 10 Brit-free holiday ideasReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map