70 percent of Venice covered in water by flooding by Marco Secchi

Around three-quarters of the Italian lagoon city of Venice has been flooded after strong winds raised the water level by 156 centimeters (nearly 61-1/2 inches) before receding, officials said Monday.

Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday’s levels were exceptional. The peak level was the highest reached since December 2008, according to Venice statistics. The last time levels topped 160 centimeters, which had been forecast, was in December 1979.


The public transport company closed the water taxi service due to the emergency, with connections remaining active only to the outlying islands. The city, built on a series of islands, deals with the high water by erecting a series of risers that permit people to circulate by foot. Residents and businesses typically reinforce doors with metal or wooden panels to prevent water from entering bottom floors.

Frozen Venice by Marco Secchi

Italy as most of Europe is under a spell of very cold weather, it is more than 20 years since the Venice Lagoon last froze, so today I took some pictures for my can see them here if you are interested.I wrote before about the 1929 frozen lagoon and is hereVENICE, ITALY - FEBRUARY 05:  A general view of the Canal of Cannaregio partially frozen on February 5, 2012 in Venice, Italy. Italy as most of Europe is under a spell of very cold weather, it is more than 20 years aince the Venice Lagoon last froze.  (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images) (Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

A way of life by Marco Secchi

Venice December 23rd  High tide in Murano...***Agreed Fee's Apply To All Image Use***.Marco Secchi / +44 (0)207 +39 02 400 47313. e-mail (Marco Secchi)

Acqua Alta or the high tide in Venice is a way of life and people live with it....but few things  still surprise me!

Here a grocer from St Erasmo sells his vegetables in Murano during the high tide.

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