Acqua Alta November 2019

After more than 80% of the city was flooded the safety of everyone affected was the first priority but all of us who are dedicated to the city’s survival are determined to continue the conservation work started nearly 50 years ago, recognising the debt the world owes Venice

Efforts are underway across Venice and the lagoon islands to assess fully the flood-damage caused by three separate and extremely high tides between 12-17 November. There have been heartbreaking losses for those living in accommodation on ground floors and for shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and all those businesses that sustain life in Venice and make time spent in the city so enjoyable for visitors.

The clean-up operation has seen everyone across the city pitching in and there are a number of fund-raising initiatives.

Dario Franceschini, the Minister of Culture launched an international fundraising appeal on 16 November.

Venice in Peril is asking for donations to its Fund to meet the immediate challenges faced by the city’s world-famous monuments and to be ready to support longer term projects once damage has been fully assessed.

There are 2000 buildings in Venice on the Italian heritage lists and of these about 60 of the city's 120 churches have been affected by prolonged exposure to saltwater. It will cost about 60,000 euros just to cover the initial cleaning costs and secure the sites. The full extent of the damage to buildings, including stone and marble coverings on walls and floors, will only become evident in coming months.

If you would like to make a donation to support conservation and repair of monuments and works of art damaged in the storms and flooding you can do so online here or by calling 020 7736 6891.

You can also make a donation by bank transfer using these details:

Please use your Surname/AA2019 as the reference and email us on with your name and address if this is the first time you have made a donation to Venice in Peril.

Bank: Lloyds Bank
Account Name: Venice in Peril Fund
Account No: 26670568
Sort Code: 30 16 74
IBAN: GB81 LOYD 3016 7426 6705 68

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