My friend Heather took this picture of a Chinese junk on the Grand Canal at sunrise today.
Advertisement for sponges from Venice, Italy, c. 1920s
Advertisement for refrigerators from Venice / Mestre, Italy, c. 1920s
A bastion fortress hovers menacingly over the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, like some antique game of Space Invaders. From Les Travaux de Mars ou l’Art de la Guerre (The Work of Mars or The Art of War) by Allain Manesson Mallet, 1684
Flooding is not a new problem in Venice. The 13th century artists who made these mosaics of Noah & the Great Flood in the Portico of San Marco might have had first-hand experience.
I stack piles of books on chairs and other surfaces, and my house isn’t even flooded.
Libreria Acqua Alta is a bookshop in Venice.
While the city of Venice fights a battle against the sea, the Venetian lagoon fights a different battle with invasive algae. This map by Christopher Christophi shows algae growth around the islands of the lagoon, 2011
An exceptionally high tide (or acqua alta) on Sunday inundated %70 of the city of Venice. While the entire city struggles against subsidence, some areas are more at risk than others. This map, prepared by Virginia W. Mason and National Geographic Society, shows the areas of the city most at risk, 2009