Heavy rain and strong winds prevented a high tide from dropping in Venice's canals Oct 29.
Heavy rain and strong winds prevented a high tide from dropping in Venice's canals Oct 29. This time the high tide was the highest in many years. As the water was unable to flow back into the Adriatic it spilled over San Marco Square into shop and restaurant basements.
The heavy rain and strong winds struck most of Northern Italy causing seven deaths in floods and extensive damage. As reports of flooding increased Venice - the city on water - took the news calmly.
Water over San Marco Square is an annual event at this time of the year. The people take the water as it comes, wait with humour for the wind to drop. They know the water on which many of them earn their living will never rise to a level sufficient to inundate upstairs city life.
The major pastime is to avoid taking a foot bath too many. They travel along elevated board walks, cast a glance at the unconcerned pigeons, ride on the backs of boys for a lira or two or float to work on makeshift rafts.