THE PROJECT TO PROTECT ST MARK’S BASILICA FROM THE HIGH TIDES IS PRESENTED
The Procuratoria di San Marco officially presented the project to protect St Mark’s Basilica and the narthex from high tides, including low-medium tides, on Friday morning as part of the appointments linked to the commemoration of the 1966 Flood. The architect Ettore Vio and his colleague Mario Piana illustrated a simple project that was already assessed in the 1960s and consists of interrupting the current two-directional hydraulic connection between the water level in the basin and the narthex, which comes in through the rainwater drains. This project would furthermore make use of the ancient underground drainage system that is in the subsoil of St Mark’s towards the Molo. It is feasible and could be carried out quickly, alongside the works to complete the Sistema Mose, pointed out Pierpaolo Campostrini, director of Corila, and has already been submitted to the minister Graziano Deliro for consideration. Indeed, as the Associazione Piazza San Marco has reported several times over the past years, also with a detailed dossier, those present at the conference noted that it would be internationally embarrassing to have the Sistema Mose in operation and the high tides in any case flooding the entire St Mark’s area, with obvious consequences for the image of our country.