Venice is on the move and its street life takes a watery turn. The City of Water tilts eastwards, sinking beneath its lifeline. And although it is by a mere 2mm or so every year, the prospect of becoming the new Atlantis is for Venetians a real possibility.
The plethora of nicknames that Venice has amassed over the years may well have to be submitted for amendment. Already the Sinking City may well fit her better than the Floating City, and should it turn into a divers’ paradise, we’ll be referring to a practical necessity rather than theatrical disguise when we call her “the City of Masks”.
Until the operatic endeavours of the gondolieri becomes a memory of erstwhile days, Venice’ 117 islands connected by as many canals and over 400 bridges will remain one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Its exquisite art and architecture already attracts over 50,000 visitors daily. Come to think of it, perhaps that may be part of the problem.