High tide spectacular in Venice


There will come a time when Venice will sink into the water of the Adriatic sea. Despite being a city conceived to float on the lagoon and built on wooden poles that pierce the seabed, it has always been theatened by high tides since it was established. Then, through the centuries, the weight of the buildings made the foundations to slowly sink into the lagoon and high tides to be more threatening.

Global warming do its part also. As ice caps on the north pole meltdown and weather gets more extreme year by year, high tides are getting more dangerous. The Italian Government is building a system called “Mose” to prevent the water of the Adriatic sea to get into the lagoon during high tides, but it is such a monumental work that it’s still under construction after 20 years of works and no one knows yet when it will be operating.

High tides season is usually in winter, however in the past few years, visitors have been surprised by a mild tide also in summer. In this case it it not a so big to prevent people from roaming around, the municipality doesn’t have to prepare the elevated runways and shops do not have to close or protect themselves.

In this case it is simply spectacular. It was full moon over Venice last weekend, and I happened to be in St. Mark’s Square when it started, which is the lowest area of Venice. Thus I took some nice pictures of the water coming out of the drains and flood the square, while the building reflected into the pools.

St. Marks Square flooded. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
St. Mark’s Basilica. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Detail of St. Mark’s Basilica. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
St. Mark’s square flooding. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Gondolas can’t ride during high tide. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
The Church of Good Health in high tide. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata

3 thoughts on “High tide spectacular in Venice

  1. Do you think it’s just the polar ice caps melting to blame. I also think the land reclaiming that countries like China and Dubai do could have an impact too? These photos are stunning 👌🏼

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    • No Dee, it’s not just the ice caps melting. The whole BRIC group (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are not doing much to protect the environment. During the current administration also the USA decided to step out of the Paris declaration, which is definetly not good for the whole planet. I believe it all starts with our indivudual behavior: the less we consume and the less we emit, the better for the planet, regadless of what governments believe

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