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In Venice, you'll find one of the most spectacular cities ever conceived.
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You don't exactly have to jump on the next plane in order to see Venice while it's still around, but scientists are warning that only a miracle - or more advanced engineering than exists today - can save one of the world's most fabled cities of art and architecture, especially in view of global warming and the possibilities of ocean levels rising 6 meters (20 ft.).
The most recent reports indicate that Venice is sinking faster than had been anticipated. The gloomiest forecast is that the encroaching waters of the Adriatic Sea could devastate Venice within this century, especially if global warming causes waters to rise even faster.
What a catastrophe that would be. Surely there is no more preposterous monument to the folly of humankind than La Serenissima, the Serene Republic of Venice, a fantasy city on the sea.
Once you arrive and are stunned by all the architectural wonders and riches of Venice, its vivid colors of sienna, Roman gold, and ruby peach, you may think that reports of tide damage are overblown. Once you experience your first flood and see for yourself how close the sea is to sweeping over Venice, you'll most likely change your mind.
Why did those "insane" Venetians build on such swampy islands and not on dry land, of which there was plenty centuries ago?
In an effort to flee the barbarians, Venetians left dry dock and drifted out to a flotilla of "uninhabitable" islands in the lagoon. For a long time, Venice did elude foreign armies intent on burning, looting, and plundering. Eventually, Napoleon and his forces arrived; however, the Corsican's intent was never to destroy Venice.
What will you find in Venice? Unendurable crowds; dank, dark canals and even danker, claustrophobic alleys; outrageous prices; and a certain sinister quality in the decay. But you'll also find one of the most spectacular cities ever conceived.
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