Holidaymakers who take cheap flights to Venice in order to experience the romance of the gondolas and the tranquillity of the city’s waterways may in future also have the thrill of being able to see one of the newest and most eye-catching skyscrapers in the world.
Described variously as ‘an enormous finger pointing at the sky’, and ‘Venice’s answer to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, all rolled into one’, the proposed skyscraper – the Palais de Lumiere (Palace of Light) tower - has been co-designed by none other than the legendary fashion tycoon, Pierre Cardin.
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Standing 800 feet tall and consisting of three fan-tailed columns linked by six rising circular stages, the new tower will be constructed from steel and glass and will have 60 storeys in total.
Although sited in Porto Marghera, several miles outside historic Venice itself, commentators say the new tower will still be clearly seen from the famous canals.
Those choosing to make the journey to visit the tower will be able to make use of several restaurants and a state-of-the-art cinema.
Pierre Cardin is understood to have selected Venice as the location for the Palais de Lumiere because, despite being associated with France, the mogul was in fact born in the nearby village of San Biagio di Callalta.
For those eager to take cheap flights to Venice in order to see the new tower, we at Jet2.com would caution patience, since Mr Cardin is only expected to lay the first ceremonial stone in September.