Cloudy Venice Canals Turn Crystal Clear After Coronavirus Lockdown

With more than a fifth of the world’s population under lockdown in the global fight against coronavirus, it has proved to be a difficult and unprecedented time for everyone worldwide, with fairly few positives.

However, recent pictures and videos have surfaced with upbeat news showing the long-polluted canals of Venice appearing crystal clear, with fish and other wildlife, including swans and dolphins returning, due to the respite from tourism-induced pollution.

The lockdown in Italy has meant that busy tourist spots including the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum have been empty for weeks. In Venice, where spring is peak time for meandering the canals – the 117 islands set in the Venetian lagoon can usually expect around 700,000 tourists at this time of year – the waterways are empty.


Whether the clear canals have to do with a decrease in pollution or the result of less physical movement in the waterways, the photos serve as a wake-up call about how our actions and activities affect the environment.

While Coronavirus might be keeping us confined to our homes, a silver lining could be that the environment is finally getting a well-needed break from humans.



KeiKei is a London-based award-winning journalist and videographer with a degree in Broadcast Media and Journalism from the University of the West of Scotland and an extensive reporting background in news, entertainment, travel, and lifestyle.

KeiKei has travelled the globe interviewing, reporting and reviewing. Her work has been published in worldwide media outlets including, The New York Post, The Guardian, The Mirror, The Daily Mail, National Geographic and Conde Nast publications.


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