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Venice Enchants – Even During Flood Season

High Tide in Venice Italy

Venice is known for seasonal flooding called Acqua Alta. This “high water” is especially strong when wintry high tides coincide with a Mediterranean wind called a scirocco.

Normally, I would avoid traveling to a city during a flood, but Venice is different. Acqua Alta is something Venetians have dealt with for centuries, and visiting the city during this time makes you feel like part of some ancient rhythm.

As you can see in the photo below, they sell rubber boots for travelers who show up unprepared. I like how they made that W, too. Does anyone know if that’s a common European way, or was the sign maker just having fun with their own handwritten font?

Rubber boots for sale in Venice, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)
Rubber boots for sale in Venice, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

I included the photo at the top of this because it looks as if the knights are huddling together to stay warm, or to keep from falling into the knee deep water that has filled Saint Mark’s Square!

The last shot in this trio shows you what the walkways look like in Venice during Acqua Alta.

Sure, it’s chilly and wet, but Venice still enchants during Acqua Alta. I would love to go back and experience it again!

Venice, Italy during Acqua Alta (photo by Tui Snider)
Venice, Italy during Acqua Alta (photo by Tui Snider)

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I’ve gone from turning up my nose at the idea of cell phone pictures, to being an avid iPhone photographer. If you are on Instagram, I’d be delighted to follow you. Simply follow my photo feed (@TuiSnider) on Instagram and I’ll follow you back (unless you are a scammy spamster, of course!)

For more, check out my collaboration with Morgan Dragonwillow. Morgan used my iPhone photos to accompany her poems in a book called Wild Woman Waking. Check it out!

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