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Is Venice sinking? Walk in Venice with a Nature and Interpretive Guide

You may have heard that Venice is sinking but that’s not quite accurate. Learn more how extraordinary is life in city built on a lagoon and how it is at the same time extraordinarily fragile.
The beauty and uniqueness of Venice, a cultural and natural asset of exceptional value is due not only to its immense cultural heritage but also to the natural ecosystem on which the city was built: the Venetian lagoon.
Learn more about this fragile environment, how it was created thousands years ago, how the Republic of Venice adapted it for its purposes over the centuries and which are the challenges Venice will have to face in the very next future.
Understand how Acqua Alta flooding has impacted in Venice in the past and why they are threatening the city in the future, learn what is the Mo.SE., the controversial mobile flood barrier project and take action for preserving the future as a responsible and sustainable city's visitor.

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  • What's included :
    • Nature and Interpretive Guide & Tour leader
    What's excluded :
    • Water bus ticket, if needed. tickets will be purchased on board
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Laguna di Venezia, Venice Italy

    We will jump over centuries to understand how the lagoon have been shaped by the Republic of Venice to its own purposes and survival, creating herculean barriers from the sea, deviating rivers while keeping a delicate balance between human intervention and natural events.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Venice, Venice, Veneto

    Discover how the Venetian lagoon is connected with the Adriatic Sea through three port inlets, allowing the exchange of waters to enter and exit from the Adriatic Sea at the rhythm of the tides.
    This cyclical movement performs an indispensable function for the balance of its ecosystem: high tide becomes a problem for Venice only when it exceeds the level of 80 cm, the limit beyond we can speak of "Acqua Alta" ("High water")

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: City of Venice, City of Venice, Veneto

    Understand the complicated mix of phenomena causing Acqua Alta and why some are predictable and others much less. You will discover why rain has nothing do to with it and how lunar phases and astronomical tides, strong winds low pressure plays a much bigger role.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Venetian Lagoon, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

    You will get explained how is possible that with 80 cm tides your feet keep dry and why a tide of 140cm is impacting the city so hardly.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Venice, Venice, Veneto

    Get back to the 60s, when a tragedy renamed the "aqua granda" occurred due to an exceptional wave of bad weather hitting all of Italy. Back those days Venice experienced one of the most tragic days in its history, with the tide reaching the highest peak ever recorded in the history. We will understand how this event impacted the development of the city and life of its inhabitants in the following decades.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Lido di Venezia, Lido di Venezia, Veneto

    Venice experienced a similar situation on the evening in 2019, making clear that natural events are more and more linked with global climate changes and over tourism exploiting the city. We will understand more about what happened visiting some places heavily impacted back on those days.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello, Venice Italy

    Venice experienced a dramatic situation also at the end of 2019, making clear that natural events are more and more linked with global climate changes and over tourism exploiting the city. We will understand more about what happened visiting some places heavily impacted back on those days.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Porto Marghera, 30175 Venezia VE, Italy

    We will also try to understand how commercial activities and cruise ships are impacting and playing a role in the fragility of the whole system, learning about the impact of Venice' s industrial port and getting in touch with an association fighting against the cruise ships crossing the lagoon.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Spazio Thetis, Calle Donà, 2737/f, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

    We will get into details about Mo.S.E., an acronym for Electromechanical Experimental Model, a system of mobile dams designed to defend Venice and its lagoon from floodings. This project has been the hot topic for the last 30 years in town: with a planned completion date of 2014, in 2021 is still not yet finished and in fully operation, even if some test operations saved Venice from several flooding in fall and winter of 2020. We will understand if Mose will be the final solution or if it will be keep postponing solutions to underlying problems, in addition to diverting funds essential for the city maintenance.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Algiubagio Restaurant, Fondamente Nove, 5039, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
    Return Detail :
    Spiaggia di San Nicoletto, Spiaggia, Calle S. Nicoleto, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Activity ID: V-263230P32

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