Monday, March 26, 2007

A Flooded Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco is a central landmark for Venice and is the most popular square. This piazza also happens to be the lowest point in Venice which leads to a flooding during the Aqua Alta, which is the "high water" from storm surges from the Adriatic, typically during the Spring. The piazza is designed so that water will run through the drains and directly into the Grand Canal. But during the Aqua Alta it has the opposite effect, with the water coming back up through these drains and flooding the piazza. San Marco typically floods approximately 60 times a year. When it does flood though, boardwalks are erected on which the people walk. While the flooding of this square is never good, it does provide for some wonderful picture opportunities.

Allison Spiker

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