Can you go swimming in Venice?
Even if the water flooding Venice had come straight from a giant bottle of Evian, you probably still wouldn't want to swim in it, because, unlike a swimming pool, Venice is not a swimming pool. Like many streets, these are coated with traces of old food, dog urine, and drunk Eurotrippers' vomit.
The compaction of the sediments beneath Venice also remains a factor. Sea-level rise isn't the only thing that has Venice's famous canals rising ever-so-slightly every year: The city is also sinking, a new study shows, in contrast to previous studies that suggested the city's subsidence had stabilized.
- By and large, Venice is considered one of the safest cities in Europe. Violent crime is very rare in Venice, and unlike other Italian cities (in particular, Rome) the police are not a highly visible presence, even in heavily populated tourist areas such as San Marco.
- One end of the canal leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into the basin at San Marco; in between, it makes a large reverse-S shape through the central districts (sestieri) of Venice. It is 3.8 km long, and 30 to 90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters (16.5 ft).
- Venice: A Sinking City. On November 4, 1966, the water levels in the Venice Lagoon rose to 196 cm above sea level, submerging everyone in Piazza San Marco (the city's main gallery area) in chest high water. The ground floors of countless buildings were flooded and the residents' possessions were ruined.
Updated: 21st September 2018