Thursday, August 23, 2012

Aqua Alta in Venice, Italy

Venice is continuously being threatened by Acqua alta (high water and floods). The worst in 22 years according to Venice's Tide Center was recorded in 2008 as flooding reached 1.5 metres (five feet) deep and the fourth highest flood level in recent history.

The picture above is my shot during my 2010 trip, this is our last leg for our Northern Italy  tour and I have these ugly blisters all over my feet. I was so excited to see Venice and expecting to explore the place to my heart content, then surprise.. surprise.. Piazza San Marco was flooded! And worst of all, it was during summer time in Italy.

Flooded Piazza San Marco -  December 1, 2008.  (photo from REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri)

As a result of regular flooding here, the future of Venice is uncertain. So for those who want to visit Venice, you should schedule your trip soon before rising tides change what we love about Venice for good.

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  1. I wonder, does the flood as filthy as ours in the Philippines?

    1. Hi Itin! Actually the water is clean, even their canals are well maintained. Since its a major place for tourim mostly establishments are there and historical buildings .

  2. sad about this I hope they can came out with the solution or else many tourist will not enjoy it

  3. I've always wanted to go to Venice. I hope it doesn't turn out like the legendary Atlantis.

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