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?
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!
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