First established back in the 5th
was built on the islands and marshes of the Venetian Lagoon to serve as both a trading post and sanctuary from attack. With its canals, gondolas, and historic buildings, the city has long been considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
It is sinking. That probably doesn’t come as news, Venice has always been vulnerable to flooding, especially from high tides or from storm surges. More recently however, with rising sea levels, the floods are happening more frequent – and more severe – each year.
Between 2000 and 2013 Venice had eight of its highest-category floods – more in just over a decade than it saw in the preceding 50 years. Many old houses now find their former staircases for unloading goods flooded, rendering their original ground floors uninhabitable.
Visit Venice before it sinks, if you can.