Travel Blog: Acqua Alta
The "Flooding" category of our
Venice Travel Blog has photos,
firsthand reports, and advice on what to expect and do during acqua alta.
City of Venice: Acqua Alta (High Tide)
This English page from the Comune di Venezia offers more insights into the acqua
alta phenomenon. The city's Italian-language
acqua alta forecast page may also be useful. (Click
here and scroll to the "Scarica i segnale" links to hear sample
acqua alta sirens and warning tones in MP3 format.)
Venice tides app
If you're traveling with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, download either the
full (and inexpensive) or lite (free) version of Pugosoft's easy-to-use
acqua alta forecast app, shown at right. (See our
hi!tide Venice app
Download a free tide-forecast app for your iPhone
or Android smartphone.
Safeguarding of the Lagoon of Venice has information on what the city and the
Italian government are doing (or talking about doing) to protect the city, the
laguna, and the local ecosystem from subsidence and rising water levels.
Venice Against the Sea: Flood Zone
This interactive National Geographic map can be excruciatingly
slow to load, and some parts of the historic center aren't shown, but the map
gives some idea of where the most flood-prone areas of the city are. (Slide the
yellow-orange bar up or down on the color-coded map legend to view flooding at
different tide levels.)
Mail Online: The Floating City
These large, dramatic photos show
flooding on November 11, 2012, when Venice had the sixth-highest tide level in
Venice Floods: 1st December 2008
This eyewitness account by a
British writer describes an unusually high acqua alta several years ago.
Also see Google's
acqua alta video results,
especially the YouTube video of an
acqua alta in 2005.
(These will open in a new browser tab.)