Most people have heard the term acqua alta, in association with Venice. This occurs when high tides, sometimes in combination with seasonal winds, cause some degree of rising waters in low-lying areas of Venice. The Piazza San Marco is prone to be affected, because it is not all that high above sea level. It is not uncommon to see water in the Piazza, and also entering the Basilica.
But, there can also be acqua bassa (low tide), and on Thursday, this was obvious, in mid-afternoon. You can notice, in the photos, the level the water usually reaches, by the presence of algae. The steps in the third photo would usually be submerged under water.
There was effluent, perhaps from a washing machine, bubbling out of this opening, which should be under water.
The low tide revealed the reason why this bridge is no longer used!
A “temporary” bridge has been built beside the one in the previous photos.
Look, Bert, I found something red, just for you!
My wishes for a happy festive season, wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing.
This card from Brian the Bloke, arrived at just the right time. Thank you, B the B.