It’s been a turbulent time for Venice in recent times. This charming holiday hotspot much loved for its romantic gondolas and compelling culture attracted tourists in droves for years. Overtourism took its toll stealing some of the local allure and the city was looking for ways to trim the tourist numbers.
Then nature made it happen. In mid-November 2019, the city saw its highest water levels since 1966, causing devastation. On December 23, Venice was struck by another water surge that damaged landmarks and shops in the heart of the city. Water levels reached 74.4” nearly as much as the 76.4″ reached in1966 (76.4”). The town was in a state of emergency with a bill for $1.1 billion for restoration.
Just as Venice began to recover her charm and beauty COVID-19.nade sure there was no one to enjoy the subdued allure of Marks Square, the sparkling, pristine but still canal waters, or the gorgeous sun-dappled architecture emerging from the water in stillness and hush.
Exploring Venice virtually
The good news is that you can see it – virtually – and in all its glory with this sensational “I love you Venice” rolling cam. Seen like this you can get a sense of why the city has for centuries been known as “La Serenissima”, The Most Serene.
Venice, ‘La Serenissima’, at last
The view of Ponte dell Guglie from hotel Filu
A 360 VR guided tour of Venice, by gondola
If you have around 20 minutes to spare, you can join this sensational 360-degree tour of Venice courtesy of Technology entrepreneurs Geneeo.
This virtual tour is interactive so drag the video for 360-degree views as the gondola steered by a stipped-Tshirt clad gondolier, manoeuvers past St Mark’s Square and under the Bridge of Sighs.