Acqua Alta - High Waters in Venice, Italy

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Travel Issue Paper Acqua Alta – High Waters in Venice There are many issues around the world that are affecting tourism. However, there is currently the issue of “Acqua Alta”, Italian for “High Water” affecting Venice, Italy and its surrounding areas. “Acqua Alta”, according to Trip Advisor, is the name given to water levels that are higher than usual and essentially invade the city of Venice, flooding most (if not all) streets and walkways. Durant Imboden, in his article High Tides and Flooding in Venice, states that this phenomenon is most likely to occur during late September to mid October. The cause of the flooding is attributed to high tide, low atmospheric pressure, and wind patterns. And when these three things combine at the right levels, it can result in 90% of Venice going under 140cm underwater. As recently as November 12, 2012, there has been an article published by The Australian reporting that 70% of Venice is currently underwater. Major tourist attractions such as the Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, are under at least a foot of water. This causes a lot of trouble for the tourists who are visiting, and also discourages other tourists to follow through with their travel plans and make their way to the flooded city. However some tourists are embracing the high waters, as people are pictured on a Huffington Post web article wading and splashing around in the flooded St. Mark’s Square. But for a city thriving on the tourism industry, many fear an issue like “Acqua Alta”. Due to the flooding, the waterbuses that serve as the main transportation around the city of Venice are forced to deviate routes. This may leave people stranded and could prevent them from arriving in or leaving the city. An absence or restriction of water transportation can cause a lot of problems for locals and tourists alike. Not only does “Acqua Alta” bring problems to
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