Swimming in Venice?

We’ve already discussed getting wet in Venice. That is the good thing about the city, you are never alone. There are 42386.421 billion of your closest friends, whose names end in occus, swimming right beside you:

A young man and a woman enjoy swimming in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark’s Square and other areas under water. Flooding is common this time of year and Sunday’s level that reached a peak of 58.66 inches (149 centimeters) was below the 63 inches (160 centimeters) recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades.

Smelly Water and Indipendenza Veneta

Last time I was in Venice, the city was suffering through a heat spell. And the water level was low. A certain, recognizable stench filled the air. Which makes me question what these guys are smiling about. Do they know how clean that water is?

Tourists sit in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute.

Lest you forget, there is a clamor ’round town for independence from Italy. The clamorers are called Indipendenza Veneta, a newly-founded independence movement. Time’ll tell.