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High Tide and a Great Meal in Venice

St. Marks Square Flooded This morning at 8:00, sirens sounded in the city of Venice, waking me from quite a sound sleep. Fire? No, it means “aqua alta” in Venetian or floods. At full moon in the Winter, high tide often floods parts of the city, and we decided to head down to Campo S. Marco for a gander.

Man in Wellies, St. Marks SquareFor those who think that Wellies are unfashionable, the sirens let Venetians know that it is time to don the rubber boots, they do it in style.

Not only do they manage to look just as good, but they clearly take pride in the fact that they can wade nonchalantly through the flooded squares, avoiding the crowds of shoe-wearing tourists on the raised gangways.

Police in Wellies

The great thing about the high tide was Campo S. Marco was peaceful and empty. If you could wade to a raised spot, you were alone except for everyone on the edges. What a beautiful sight.

We did go into the Palazzo Ducale for a look at the Venice and Islam Exhibition, which had some beautiful pieces, and took a quick stroll around the Museo Correr. Then we went back out to the square, and enjoyed the flooded square some more.

Pigeons St. MarksWhat really made it pleasant was that even the pigeons kept to high ground, perching on the chairs of the flooded cafes.

Last night, by the way, we had a stunning meal in Al Fontego Dei Pescatori in Cannaregio. Highly recommended Venetian fare (my Venetian partner in crime compared it to her mama’s cooking – high praise indeed). Make sure you peruse their excellent wine list, and leave room for the sublime desserts if you visit!

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3 Responses to “High Tide and a Great Meal in Venice”

  1. October 28th, 2007 at 1:31 am

    Manuel says:

    Did you drink Italian wine? Any good? Never been taken with Italian wine.

  2. October 28th, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Niall says:

    Wow lucky you being in Venice, really makes you realise how poor some of the food can be here in Ireland when you taste great fare like they have in Italy. Keep up the great work on the blog

  3. October 30th, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Kieran says:

    I love Italian wine, although as with all things there is a great variety in terms of quality.

    In Venice, they have shops with huge caskets, and they will pour the stuff into any container you bring at a price so low you hardly mind spilling a few drops on the way home!

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