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Hip waders on: Venice braces for another exceptional tide

Nov. 17, 2019 6:48 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venetians braced Sunday for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records. City officials shut down St. Mark’s Square, removing elevated walkways and turning back curious onlookers. Tourists with scheduled departures rushed to grab the last water...

Venice braces for another exceptional tide, tourists flee

Nov. 17, 2019 3:29 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inch) surge of water Sunday through the lagoon city. That comes after Tuesday’s 1.87-meter flood, the worst in 53 years,...

Italy’s white truffle hunters worry about climate change

Nov. 17, 2019 2:49 AM EST

ALBA, Italy (AP) — Rising global temperatures are worrying truffle hunters around in the Italian town of Alba, where the most prized specimens can fetch twice the price of gold. This particularly warm October, eight out of 10 white truffles unearthed by Carlo Olivero with his trusty 3-year-old dog Steel...

Young Venetians volunteer after flood of their lifetimes

Nov. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — As soon as waters receded from this week’s devastating flood, about 50 young Venetians wearing rubber boots and gripped by a sense of determination showed up at the city’s Music Conservatory to help save precious manuscripts. Thanks to their work, some 50 linear meters of...

St. Mark's Square reopens in Venice, but water remains high

Nov. 16, 2019 12:47 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Tourists and residents were allowed back into St. Mark’s Square in Venice on Saturday, a day after it was closed due to exceptionally high tidal waters that swept through most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center. Despite sunny skies, the city remained on edge...

Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability

Nov. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise. That reality became more stark this week when Venice was hit with its worst flood in over 50 years, caused by a nearly 1.9 meter (6-foot) tide that sent waist-high water flowing...

Noseda, in his prime, lifting National Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 15, 2019 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After a piano rehearsal, two orchestra sessions and one concert performance together, soprano Christine Goerke gushed with praise for Gianandrea Noseda. "He doesn't just use his hands and his arms. He conducts with his entire body," she said. "And it is amazing, because when you see that...

High tides surge through Venice, locals rush to protect art

Nov. 15, 2019 4:22 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Exceptionally high tidal waters rolled relentlessly through Venice again on Friday, forcing the closure of St. Mark’s Square to the public and flooding most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center before easing. Forecasters warned that the danger for more...

AP PHOTOS: Flooding threatens Venice and its treasures

Nov. 15, 2019 2:43 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Severe flooding in Venice is threatening the Italian city famed for its canals and architecture. Tourist favorites like St. Mark’s Square have been deluged since Tuesday, when Venice was hit with its worst flooding in 50 years. Water levels reached nearly 1.9 meters (6 feet, 1...

Italy declares state of emergency in Venice after high tides

Nov. 14, 2019 1:47 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release funds to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years. A cabinet meeting approved a special decree that included 20 million euros ($21.7 million) in...