These sites are about Venice, Italy. There is information on Venice’s history, unique architecture, and how it has been shaped by the surrounding sea. See pictures of the city’s numerous bridges and canals, and find out about Venice’s famous gondolas. Learn about the MOSE project to protect the city from floods and compare it to other places that are threatened by rising water. Included is an eThemes resource on Italy.
PBS: Sinking City of Venice
Explored this site to find out about the struggle to save Venice from the sea. Watch a video about the proposed barriers to hold back the tide, watch an animation that explains tidal ebb and flow, zoom in on clickable satellite images of the region, and more.
PBS: Flood Proofing Cities
Read about six cities, including Venice, with flood problems and how they have tried to solve them. Can be viewed as a slide show or a Webpage.
BBC: The Venice Flood
Listen to this radio broadcast in which witnesses of the 1966 Venice flood and scientist Jane da Mosta, who studies flood patterns in the lagoon, are interviewed.
Basilica di San Marco
On this site you can learn about the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. Find out about the church's architecture and mosaics, the piazza and its preservation, or read a timeline of the monument's history. Click on "Virtual Basilica" to view 360 degree panoramas and 3-D animations of this important landmark.
Safegaurding the Lagoon
Explore this site to learn about the Venice lagoon. Under "Safeguarding Activities" click on "Defense From High Waters" to learn about the MOSE system of defense from flooding. Read about problems facing the city and its lagoon, and view satellite images and photographs of the work in progress.
Will the Mose System Save Venice from Sinking?
This article provides a brief overview of the MOSE system and some of the objections against it.
The MOSE System
This article explains briefly how the MOSE system works and includes some statistics about high water events in Venice since 1966.
National Geographic: More Than a Dream
Here is a short slideshow of images from Venice, including gondolas, Carnival, and Basilica of San Marco.
Here is an index of images from Venice, organized by subject. See pictures of Venice's canals, bridges, public squares, and more. Includes maps and sound recordings.
Read about Venice's history, bridges, museums, and waterways on this site that was written by students.
The Gondola and its History
The site is all about gondolas. Find out about their history, use, construction, and more.
Map of Venice
Use the slider on the left or the controls on the right to explore this interactive map of Venice. Zoom in to see individual streets and canals, or click on a point of interest to view more information.
That Sinking Feeling
This article contrasts Venice's problems with flooding with those of other cities such as New Orleans.
eThemes Resource: Country: Italy
These sites introduce the country of Italy. There is information on Italy's history, culture, art, traditions, cuisine, cars, and more. You can listen to a recording of the National Anthem, take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, view an interactive map, or read about the history of pizza.
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