Its little wonder that the sinking city of Venice is drowning. The jewel of Italy, visit Venice and fall in love with her. Sadly though, this 2,500-year-old city is under threat. In its long history, Venice has seen many invaders come and go, but this danger is unlike any, the city has ever faced.
There are many faces to its sinking problem; previous industrial ventures, such as offshore piers and the railroad bridge to the mainland, exaggerated the sea floor and tidal cycles which eventually made the city more susceptible to flooding. Twentieth-century industrial projects that aggravated the condition by pushing out huge amounts of groundwater from the aquifer below the lagoon for almost 50 years before the government blocked the practice in the 1970s.
The evidence facing this lagoon city is the many cracks and tears appearing in the structure of old buildings. Many see the rising salty waters from the Adriatic Sea as gradually eroding away these stunning structures. Every year, a measurement is taken, and it’s been reported Venice is drowning at the rate of 0.08 inches. By the end of this century, it has been estimated that due to the global climate variations, as well as rising sea levels flood risk will rise from 1.4 times a year to 18.5.
So the city elders had come up with something, and something soon!
Why does Venice continue to be the most desired Holiday destination? Even though there are so many destinations that are on the brink of disappearing from the face of the earth, tourists seem to rush to Venice to see and experience this romantic city. Well, blame it on the writers and poets who have stamped a romantic image of Venice in our minds through their words. When I hear the word ‘Venice’, I don’t visualize a dirty and crowded city, as has been said of it. No, I imagine the beautiful canals and the delicious Italian Food and Wine.
According to reports, Venice has sunk by about nine inches.
For one, Venitian food is wondrous Italian-cuisine. The lagoon around the city thrives on its delicious fish and seafood, while Veneto, is known for great wines and fresh fruits and vegetables. Then there is the Venetian Culture and heritage. Venice’s huge architectural, artistic, and musical heritage is purely astounding. So yes Venice is a great place to go, but for how much longer?