The cause of this phenomenon, which recurs from time to time, is the high pressure over Italy, which also contributes to lowering the water level in the Venetian lake.
The recent tide contributed to the fact that in completely dry canals with a layer of silt at the bottom there is a disrupted and covered gondola. The Grand Canal revealed its beaches.
The very low water level, which remains below sea level, is also expected to remain in the coming days.
But in recent times – also when the water level is high – gondolas usually put their paddles away because there are no foreign tourists, and they are their main customers. Also, domestic tourism is at a minimum due to the travel ban between Italian regions. The city was empty during the carnival that was staged around the year of the epidemic.
Boats are not currently possible and are the primary delivery method for homes and shops in the historic city center.
Usually the problem is different
Venice is famous for another phenomenon, or “aqua alta,” which translates to “rising waters” and denotes an exceptionally high tide. This phenomenon is caused by the difference in atmospheric pressure at both ends of the Adriatic and the strong storms of the southern Khamsin winds and the cold Bora winds, which also push water bodies towards the ground, making it difficult for them to retreat at low tide. Acqua alta mostly occurs between fall and spring.
Although the city is currently working to protect the dam system from flooding, it is In December they are not bred. That is why, in St Mark’s Square, people were plunging into the water knee-deep.