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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 23:18

Fondaco dei Tedeschi - what do you mean?

T Fondaco dei tedeschi is a endless source of surprise. The terrace suspended over the Rialto roofs and dominating the city is a breathtaking viewpoint. From here is possible to see far across the Venetian lagoon even to the peaks of the nearby Italian Alps. This unique panoramic view will win the hearts of all those who love Venice !

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The building, renovated by Rem Koolhaas, celebrates the traditional elements, textures and shapes of Venice where in the past we had the historical Fondaco dei Tedeschi. Nowadays this is a new luxury department store and a cultural hub for Venice, promoting events and exhibitions.

 

 

 

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Monday, 07 November 2016 15:19

Venice's Great Flood in 1966

The northern Adriatic Sea governs the lagoon of Venice's ecosystem with its tides that enter and exist the lagoon twice a day, approx. every 5 hours and 40 minutes, through three lagoon inlets, reaching two maximums and two minimums.
 
The average range of tides heights in the lagoon is about 1 m. Nevertheless, the tidal level is subject to important variations, above all in relation to astronomical and meteorological factors. When the tide grows to the point of provoking floods in the historic sites of the lagoon, the so-called phenomenon of acqua alta occurs.
 
The most devastating floods that affected Venice and Florence in the last 150 years were on November 4th 1966, exactly 50 years ago.
 
More archive pictures from the 1966 floods at the following links:
 
 
 
 
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