The phenomenon of 'acqua alta'
Acqua alta (High Water) is a Venetian phenomenon that involves the entire city when either the planetary tides – the Scirocco wind and wave motion in the Adriatic, or a combination of all these elements – cause an increased flow of water into Venice's lagoon. When this happens, the city is flooded. While causing tourists serious inconvenience, the ‘acqua alta' is not at all like the experience described in the horror stories that do the rounds each winter. For a city built on water, it's a way of life and even a one-of-a-kind experience. If you happen to be in Venice on an ‘acqua alta' day (on average, it occurs once every three years) invest in a pair of wellies, arm yourself with a camera and explore the city to your heart's content. Information and updates on www.comune.venezia.it/maree.