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.