Lots of People in Venice – level 3
At the start of a four-day holiday weekend, Venice installed gates on two of its bridges to control the number of tourists entering its narrow streets.
By early afternoon on Saturday, the police had shut no gates, but they were at the gates to close them should the numbers become overwhelming. The narrow streets of the city often become impassable during peak travel times.
Venice has struggled with its dwindling population for decades, but it also lives off of tourism.
Difficult words: overwhelming (too much), impassable (not able to be passed – moved through), peak (the busiest time), struggle (have problems dealing with something), dwindling (falling, getting smaller and smaller).
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