Most museums in Italy are closed on Mondays. Therefore, we decided to revisit Venezia where the entire city is a historical, cultural and artistic experience.
In the Middle Ages, Venetians became Europe's most successful middlemen for East-West trade. It was a glorious, but a turbulent period for the city. Today Venezia has only 58,000 residents. The huge crowds are tourist.
According to geologists, Venezia is sinking at the rate of 1-2 millimeters a year. This is mostly due to geological factors and compression of the land beneath the city. The bigger problem is "acqua alta" (high-water). It's frequency has increased from fewer than 10 times a year to more than 60 times a year.
High benches stacked in the Piazza San Marco are for aqua-alta serving as pedestrian walk-ways when the piazza gets flooded.
Venezia is one of those places you could visit hundred of times and always discover and learn something new.
Aloha -- Cathi