Acqua Alta. Created by man. By Petra Reski 14 November 2019 It’s the ultimate nightmare. 30 years in Venice and I have never before seen an acqua alta of this sort. At 11:30 PM it reached its maximum level: 1.87 meters, just below the record peak reached during the catastrophic “Acqua granda” of 1966, as … More Acqua Alta. Created by man. By Petra Reski
Venice, 13th November 2019 At 187 cm (just over 6ft), recorded at 10.55pm, last night’s acqua alta was the most serious ‘exceptional’ high tide since the historic one of November 4th 1966, but in a number of respects it was also different from previous ones, in particular for the speed and violence with which it […] … More Press release on the Venice floods of 12th November — Gruppo 25 aprile
13 November 2019 Sunken boats, vaporetti and gondolas that have ended up on the bridges and on the banks. Via Garibaldi covered in water, with a current that seemed like a river in flood. People were unable to move. An aqua alta that involved everything, with wind gusts of 100 Kmh. There was the wharf … More The Acqua Alta of 12 Nov 2019: chronicle of a nightmare in Venice
[Ed. Note: What follows is a translation of the Introduction from the new book by expert hydraulic engineer Prof. Luigi D’Alpaos about the main problems facing the lagoon – MoSE, grandi navi, and waves. As I write Venice faces a record aqua alta of 190cm. The causes are not only sea level rise, but the … More SOS Laguna, by Luigi D’Alpaos – Introduction
[Ed. Note: what follows is a chronological list of all the stories related to MoSE that have been published on this site over three years. In light of the recent news that test scheduled for Nov. 4 has been scratched due to excessive vibration, I thought a reprise of these stories would be useful. They … More MoSE will not work
[Ed. Note: what follows below is a document by the newly formed Rialto Novo Association, describing their proposals for redeveloping and revitalizing the Rialto market, before it becomes, in their words, “a large, bad quality supermarket”. Noted Urban Historian and Venetian Donatella Calabi has led the initiave. The photo above was taken at the … More Rialto Novo Association launches initiatives to revitalize Rialto market
20 October 2019 Marcella, an 80 year old woman from Dorsoduro, can at least in part breathe a sigh of relief: her eviction has been postponed until after next summer. Her story – the 80 year old Venetian woman was supposed to leave the home in which she was born and has lived in as … More The story of Marcella, evicted from Dorsoduro at age 80. The owner reassures her that she can come back, and delays the eviction.