Here’s your annual reminder that Venice is still sinking
Venice is considered by some to be the most romantic spot on the face of the earth. The water-surrounded city in northeast Italy is one of the most unique and beautiful places to visit in the world, an amorous locale where canals replace streets and taxi drivers are exchanged for singing gondoliers. The city is meant for map-less idle wandering. It inspires countless wistful stares and has been many an artist’s muse.
Unfortunately, this architectural marvel wasn’t designed to last forever. Over the course of centuries the city of Venice has been sinking ever so slightly and to add insult to injury the surrounding water levels have also been rising due to climate change. According to scientists the sinking is caused by a mixture of plate tectonics and the “compaction of the sediments beneath Venice.”
While the city is undergoing a multi-billion dollar project in an effort to save itself from dangerous flooding due to rising tides, there is no guarantee it’ll be a complete success. The city’s flooding at times forces the island’s residents and visitors to either walk across raised platforms to avoid the water or dress like fly-fisherman and wade through it.
So although Venice’s descent into the Adriatic is only by millimeters each year, you should probably visit before the Mother Nature transforms the Renaissance treasure into a water park.