Viva Italia – 4: Amore Piazza San Marco, Venezia – Com’ era, dov’ era

A recap of our thoughts on our beloved Venezia during this unfortunate time when La Serenissima suffers worst series of high tides, or ‘acqua alta.’ This entry was earlier posted by me on November 25, 2012.

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It breaks my heart when I think about the recent floods in Venezia which submerged the stone pavements of one of the greatest urban spaces in Europe, Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) and water gushed into the Basilica di San Marco (Basilica of St. Mark). With water levels reportedly rising to a critical level of 59 inches above normal, they say it was the “sixth-highest level since records began in 1872”. Even though floods are no stranger to Venezia since this phenomenon occurs almost annually as a consequence of eustasy (rising sea level) and subsidence (lowering of the land), the frequency of the floods are rising. It not only brings about great inconvenience to the Venetians but also inflicts immeasurable damage to the Piazza, to the bell tower, the underground passages and all around damage and instability to an…

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    • Unfortunately these incidents are repeatedly occurring in most parts of the World. According to a report by the European Environment Agency, flood losses in Europe is to increase fivefold by 2050. Thanks for your comments, Ann.

  1. I loved strolling through Venezia with you and Carina! Your posts are full of wonderful stories, memories that are embedded in the alleyways and waterway of this beautiful city. I especially appreciated your words: “was there when the pictures you see here were taken. I was there when the outdoor band played Laura Pausini’s La Solitudine and Luciano Pavarotti’s version of O sole mio ushered in sadness into my heart. And I wish to be there many more times….. for my children to be there with their children and so on…..”. Once you have been to Venezia, you have her forever in your heart.

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