And at sunset.
My favorite church on earth and water.
Venice is so much more than Carnevale.
Here are random photos from my recent whirlwind tour of bella Venezia.
This is a wonderful post on high water in Venice.
The sea is a fickle mistress. Built on marshland within a salt-water lagoon off the Adriatic, Venice owes her fortune to the sea. At her birth, at 12pm on 25th March 421 AD (according to legend), the lagoon protected Venice from her enemies. Later, in her heyday, water-based trade and naval warfare made the city very rich. But water can also bring damage and destruction as Venice knows all too well. Venetians call the phenomenon Acqua Alta, or high water.
So what causes acqua alta? Here comes the science bit! Acqua alta is produced when a number of factors combine to cause an exceptionally high tide which floods the city. These factors include –
- Normal and seasonal high tides
- Low pressure weather and prevailing winds pushing the high tide into the Venetian lagoon like a storm surge
- Subsidence or sinking…
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Ever wonder what the Venetian Carnevale looks lik? Check out this fun video!
P.S., did you know? Carnevale takes place the week before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. The word carnevale means farewell to meat: Latin carne (meat) and vale (farewell).