The Easel

Venice is flooding — what lies ahead for its cultural and historical sites?

Bleak reading. Recent flooding significantly damaged Venice’s cultural treasures and portends a parlous future. Salt, when it crystallizes, is a major threat to all masonry materials. Frescoes, in particular, are almost impossible to protect. Climate change is expected to make things progressively worse. To top it off, there is a view that what inundation does not destroy, massive tourist numbers will.