Venice closes St. Mark's Square due to fresh flooding

World Nov 16, 2019

Venice closes St. Mark's Square due to fresh flooding

Another exceptional high tide swamped flood-hit Venice on Friday, prompting the mayor to order St. Mark's square closed after Italy declared a state of emergency for the UNESCO city. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro moved to shut the iconic square as the latest sea surge struck with ...

Venice 'on its knees' after second-worst flood ever recorded

World Nov 14, 2019

Venice 'on its knees' after second-worst flood ever recorded

The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage. The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above sea level Tuesday, the ...

Italy lashed by heavy rain, with Venice seeing widespread flooding

World Nov 13, 2019

Italy lashed by heavy rain, with Venice seeing widespread flooding

Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on Tuesday, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. The heavy rainfall closed schools in several southern cities, including Taranto, Brindisi, and Matera, as well as the Sicilian cities of Pozzallo and Noto, ...

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

Culture Feb 5, 2016

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glass-making, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today's glassblowers work with methane-fired furnaces, electric-powered kilns, good lighting and proper ventilation. The craftsmen ...

Police ask Venice carnival-goers to lift masks for security

World Feb 1, 2016

Police ask Venice carnival-goers to lift masks for security

Carnival-goers in Venice are being asked by police to momentarily lift their masks as part of new anti-terrorism measures for the annual festivities. Police are also examining backpacks and bags and using metal-detecting wands before revelers are allowed into St. Mark's Square, the heart of ...