Venice is one of the most scpectacular place you could ever see in your life. No words could ever describe the charm of this city built on the water, so the best thing you can do is see it with your own eyes.
Right now, however, Venice is a really problematic destination because it's more "underwater" than "above the water" due to the phenomenon of "Acqua Alta"
"Acqua Alta" (litterally means High Water in Italian) is a phenomenon that regularly occurs in the city of Venice, Italy, most commonly during high and spring tide. It involves the flooding of the most low-lying areas of Venice, or, in more severe cases, up to 96% of the City. By official definition, acqua alta occurs when water is higher than 90mm (3.54 inches) above normal tide.
The news is that the Acqua Alta is at a record level, never reached in the last thirty years: One metre and sixty centimetres. A level that could create some problems even to the most used citizens and obviously is astonishing the tourists.
the following pictures are a selection of a REUTERS gallery you can see in full, clicking here.
All the pictures by REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri and REUTERS/Michele Crosera
If you've never been there the best way to understand how Venice is effectively built on the water is an aerial view (click on the picture to enlarge it):
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