St Mark’s Basilica suffered at least five million euros (£4.2 million) in damage during last month’s floods in Venice, officials said as they described efforts to preserve its historic features.
Record-breaking floods are taking their toll on Venice amid calls to preserve the city from the ravages of problems such as climate change.
Venetians have endured another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records.
Tourists and residents have been allowed back into St Mark’s Square in Venice a day after it was closed due to exceptionally high tidal waters that swept through most of the lagoon city’s already-devastated centre.
Exceptionally high tidal waters have surged through Venice again.
Venice has suffered the worst flooding to hit the lagoon city in more than 50 years.
Italy’s government has declared a state of emergency in flood-ravaged Venice.
The mayor of Venice has blamed climate change as flooding of the historic lagoon city hit the second-highest level ever, as the city braced for another wave on Wednesday.
Tourists and Venetians alike have donned high boots and taken to temporary raised walkways to slosh through the high water that has hit much of the lagoon city.
With Gothic spires, domes and towers rising, as if by magic, from the sparkling lagoon below, it’s no wonder Venice has a reputation for romance and mystery.
Venice has been on my travel bucket list for some time and, with a few days of annual leave left, I jumped at the chance to tick it off.