Each year, around this time, water levels in Venice rise. This can cause flooding. This year the waters have continued to rise making movement around Venice tricky.
Where there are paths and pavements the water is already almost waist deep. The people of Venice are attempting to go about their daily business as uusual but it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so. Temporary walkways and bridges have been constructed to try and alleviate "transport" issues. Consider though canal side paths that are knee high in water. How on earth will you tell where the path ends and the canal begins?
Venice's seasonal flooding each Autumn is called ‘acqua alta'. Venetians are obviously resourceful people. They would have to be to live in such a city as Venice. The new challenges pose problems though, not least for tourists and the tourist trade. You may long to see Venice and its watery canals but would you want the few streets to be awash also? Probably not.
The "Venetian Lagoon" is prone to flooding each year in Spring and Autumn. Building in such a place was always going to result in some problems. Currently a big swathe of America and most of the Caribbean Islands are still recovering from their extreme weather last weekend. For Venice it may be business as usual but surely in a few more years this individualistic piece of Italy will be unsustainable?
According to the Mail online, "Earlier this year, scientists warned that Venice may soon have to ditch its nickname - The Floating City - as it is sinking into the water more than five times quicker than previously thought. The city is also tilting to the east and heading out to the Adriatic Sea, as it is hit by more floods than ever before, according to experts. Previous studies had shown water-levels in the former capital of the Maritime Venetian Republic had stabilised. But research by Scripps Institution Of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and published in March, claimed it has actually submerged, and tilted to the east, by an unprecedented 2mm per year over the last decade."
Travel advice must be to visit Venice when and whilst you can if it is a place you long to visit.