Yes it’s true that Venice is sinking…or more aptly, that the water level is rising. I read the book Venice Against the Sea a few years ago and it’s very enlightening yet depressing. I don’t know if it’ll be sunk before your grandchildren get here, but it is in danger. The plans the Italian government have in place aren’t really enough to ensure its safety and there’s not much else we can do.
When I feel integral with the long parade of history. I think it almost sweet to imagine this wonderous place a great legend, like the city of Atlantis or turned into a domed biosphere as a futuristic emblem of the determination of Venetians.
I wonder if the lives of Venetians have become so margnialized by the economics of tourism that the prospect of skinking seems little more than moving a mausoleum from the surface to beneath the ground.
But I tot the authority is doing something to save Venezia already, am I wrong?
As always, Wikipedia knows:
When I was there in 2004, St Mark’s Square was under water. This is, apparently, becoming common.
Unfortunately, it is true. The water can become so high that there are water marks on most of the buildings. I don’t know if it is true that it will be GONE by the time you have children. Hopefully, this is not true. But it is on its way to sinking.
I have experience the “sinking” first hand as well. The first morning I was in Venice Sept 2005, I walk on water in St. Marks Square, literally. The care taker of the square already layout planks to all the major tourist sights, the domo, the tower. Some boys, girls, grown man (yes they fall into the same category) are palying in the water of the flooded SMQ.
I am really glad to learn from all above that they are doing something to save it. It is a truely beautiful place.
gosh i dont know… but if you haven’t been there yet…get ur butt there soon. but make sure its with someone “interesting”. :) enjoy
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