Venice Canals Run Dry: How It Will Affect Your Visit

Venice Canals Run Dry: How It Will Affect Your Visit

Travellers around the world are eager to visit Italy, especially the iconic canals of  Venice.

The renowned canals of the Italian city of Venice are usually threatened by flooding but now it's running dry making it impossible for gondolas, water taxis and ambulances to move around the roadless city.

Weeks of dry winter weather have raised concerns that Italy could face another drought after last summer’s emergency, with the Alps having received less than half of their normal snowfall.

The problems in Venice are being blamed on a combination of factors: 

  • less snow in the winter
  • the lack of rain, 
  • a high-pressure system, 
  • a full moon and sea currents

According to the most recent weather forecasts, the Alps will see much-needed precipitation and snow in the following days however the country still faces a severe drought this year.

How It Will Affect Travellers

Venice is comprised of 118 tiny islands linked by canals and bridges with Grand Canal as the main route through the city.

It might be shocking to see grounded gondolas and dry canals, but Venice has 177 canals, and not all are affected. 

Here are things travellers be aware of:

Some gondolas and canals are not operational:  While tourists can still ride in gondolas in the deepest canals, some routes cannot be used and gondoliers are already having difficulty moving passengers around.

Unpleasant smell: Travellers need to be prepared for unfortunate conditions, such as unpleasant odours, in some places.

Emergency services: It is important for travellers to remember that water ambulances and taxis are having navigating issues. It might be difficult to get medical attention quickly at certain locations.

The locals are concerned about how it might affect their quality of life in the following days as they rely on the canals for transportation.

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