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The sinking city of taps

Away from Venice's tourist flood, there is an unusual number of one particular type of shop: bathroom stores

By Alexis Self  

The flooding in Venice has become international news. Photo: PA

During the annual Fèsta de ła Sènsa (Feast of the Ascension) in Venicewhich began in the year 1000–the Doge used to throw a consecrated ring into the Adriatic, symbolising the city’s marriage to the sea. As he did so he would utter the Latin: desponsamus te, mare, in signum veri perpetuique domini (We wed thee, sea, as a sign of true and everlasting domination). Venetians had cause to be humble. Though they established fairly effective management of the tides…

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