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Don't Let 'Acqua Alta' Deter You From Taking a Winter Trip to Venice

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Don't Let 'Acqua Alta' Deter You From Taking a Winter Trip to Venice - by Julia Buckley/ Lifestyle/ Mashable/ mashable.com

"After the driest holiday period since records began, the legendary high tides returned to Venice this past weekend.

Acqua alta — the high water that floods into the Venice lagoon, leaving parts of the city underwater — is a great divider. Either the idea of swimming in St. Mark’s Square (as hardy tourists do each year) is a bucket list ambition, or it spurs travelers to put off visiting until the summer, when the risk of flooding is lower but tourist logjams in the narrow alleys are a certainty.

But the reality of acqua alta is far from the horror stories that do the rounds each winter; for a city built on water, it’s a way of life. Here’s a survival guide from those who know it best..."

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Acqua alta is just part of life in Venice.
Image: Julia Buckley


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After a couple of trips to Venice during dry season, Acqua Alta *was* on my bucket list. So we returned in November one year, during a full moon no less, and did get to witness it - it was something to see!

We had to change our planned itinerary a bit because some vaporetto service was suspended for a day or 2, the stops were submerged. But most things were open, and San Marco as well as other low spots had the little boardwalks in place. Life really did go on as normal, especially for those with high rubber boots.

RCI sometimes has availability during this season, we actually got a 3-BR exchange for the first wk of November, so we had a family trip for one of my major birthdays.
 
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