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V is for Venice at Aqua Alta

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

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 first photo, 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 second shot 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 next shot shows you what the walkways look like in Venice during Acqua Alta. The last shot simply depicts a rainy canal with geraniums blooming along the rail.

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)

Follow me on Instagram & I’ll follow you back!

I’ve gone from turning up my nose at the idea of cell phone pictures, to being an avid iPhone photographer, which is why my theme for the 2014 A to Z blog challenge is Instagram Travel Photos. 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!

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!

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

What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge?

Each April, people from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can.

My A to Z Inspired Book: Unexpected Texas

I’d like to thank everyone who commented on my blog during the A to Z Challenge last year, because it convinced me to take the self-publishing plunge. On March 2, 2014, I released Unexpected Texas as a paperback and eBook and it quickly became an Amazon Best Seller!

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

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  1. What a fantastic time to visit! I love going to places where you can experience what really goes on. You know, the things that make a place lived in and real. I don’t just want to see the museums. Right?
    Thanks for sharing this with us. I had no idea about this and now have put it on my life list!

  2. Wow, I have not heard the Venice’s Aqua Alto although I have visited there. If I did I unfortunately am not remembering about it. Do you know if it happens every year? I love the rain boots for sale and if I were visiting there when this happened I would have definitely bought them. Thanks for introducing yourself on my site from the A to Z Challenge, fun to meet new people. :)

  3. Oh, I so want to go! That is definitely on my top ten. I’d like to explore all of Italy.

    Lovely photos, Tui.

  4. I love these images! Katherine (my almost college graduate!) recently returned from Venice. Her Smith College choir sang at St. Mark’s Basilica. Incredible! In Texas news today, I stumbled upon a town called Marfa? Considering its history I bet you know the place. Anyway – always grand to read you!

  5. Ok, Tui, You know enough about me by now that this really calls to me. I would love, love, love to go at that time!

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