Not So Acqua Alta in San Marco Square

 

Barefoot in the Square

One of my favorite things in Venice, though certainly not any Venetian’s favorite thing is Acqua Alta or high tides that flood the city, creeping in silently. My phone app called “hi!tide Venice” notified me there would be a slightly high tide in San Marco at 1:30 pm on Sunday.  San Marco is the lowest point in the city so even a rise of 105 Centimeters the water begins seeping up through the pavement in the square. (To the left of the barefoot lady are the passageways normally put out so people can walk. This one was small enough they considered it unnecessary to set up the passageways.)

So with no time to find my boots I headed for San Marco Square where the water was already flooding in and barefoot tourist were enjoying the moment. Normally teaming with pigeons and vendor carts, it’s empty and the seagulls have appeared.

Sea Gulls – Not Pigeons

Throw Away Boots!

Good natured tourist know this is a unique experience and one they will talk about forever. 10 Euro is little to pay for this adventure. Though I am really torn about how this adds to Venice’s trash!

Umbrellas are the Big Seller of the Day!

The entire flooding last only a few hours and as silently as it came, it departed leaving an empty square and tourist with plastic boots!

Just a few puddles

 

 

 

 

 

  5 comments for “Not So Acqua Alta in San Marco Square

  1. September 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    That was a great synopsis on Aqua Alta. I have also been there during that time. Yes the rubbish is a problem. Thanks for sharing. Great photos.

    • September 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Renata, It was a non event, but the tourist will have something to talk about! There were about 4 boats in the harbor so tons of tours.

  2. September 11, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Great photos and narrative,it upsets me about the trash…But I bet the tourists will have a story to tell forvever
    Grazie

    • September 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Patti, It is definitely unique and a fun experience if you do not have to mop the floors!

  3. Suzy
    September 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I have been there during this and it like an elegant beach with all the gorgeous architecture. A little water won’t hurt anyone! Bellissimo! Ciao!

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