Impressions of Venice in the time of corona

When we think of Venice, many of us probably conjure images such as gondola-filled canals, the Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, etc…oh, and tourists – hordes and hordes of tourists! Venice was for sure one of those destinations that was being “loved to death” until COVID-19 arrived on the scene.

Of course nobody is celebrating any of this; the health and economic impacts have been terrible, and hospitality and tourism are among the industries taking the worst hit. The pandemic has been very difficult for Venice, but there is nevertheless a small upside to the whole mess; that people who are able to visit during this time can see Venice like never before.

I had the good fortune to be able to visit northern Italy last month, and I decided to stop in Venice for two nights. I’d already been there twice and would normally not have visited again, but given the current circumstances I thought it might be a unique opportunity to see Venice in a different light. And boy, oh boy, was I right about that!

I won’t add any more commentary to this post, I’ll just let the images speak for themselves. Welcome to Venice in 2020.

That isn't rain, it's seawater. The Piazza San Marco regularly floods at high tide.