Water meanders through the city through a myriad canals . . .
And every day, Venice faces "Acqua Alta" - High Tide - when it comes, the city floods. Venetians have long given up living on the lower level of their buildings . . .
Here's St. Mark Square - Piazza San Marco, during acqua alta, at roughly 11:00 A.M. There are puddles everywhere, which will disappear slowly as the day wears on . . .
Risers are put in place, so pedestrians can access St. Mark's Cathedral. The water actually gets so high that it seeps inside the church . . . I've read that in the winter months it's even worse!
Ripples form as the water comes up from the drains . . .
Risers are piled everywhere, waiting for the next tide . . .
The water damage to these precious buildings is incalculable . . . Engineers are feverishly working to build a dyke that is supposed to help keep the water at bay. Global warming doesn't help, as the sea levels have risen . . .
It's remarkable, really, the culture that evolved despite these tremendous challenges . . .