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Pack Your Galoshes, as 'Acqua Alta' Has Arrived to Flood Venice

Where: Venice, Italy
February 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | ()

So you’ve been to Venice during the warmer weather—and it was great—but to see the city in a different way you might want to check things out during the late winter. After all, that’s when the Acqua Alta rolls into town, and makes a pair of waterproof boots essential for getting from point A to point B.

More often than not the Adriatic Sea gets cranky during the winter, and the tides strengthen. That’s especially the case for the waters in the Venetian Lagoon, and that means the lagoon becomes one with the lowest parts of the city—even more so than usual.

Strolls through St. Mark’s Square become a little more waterlogged than usual, but it certainly does make for a quite a unique photo opportunity. We’ve embedded a couple selections from social media, so you can check things out for yourself.

Sure it probably doesn’t look like the Venice of blue skies and blue water about which you've dreamt; however, with gangways, planks, ramps, and plenty of rubber boots the city seems to go about business as usual. We can’t say that winter is the absolute best time to visit Venice, but with the unique experience of water-logged piazzas—it’s definitely not the worst.

[Photos: Instagram/Twitter]

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