Silver linings are rare these days, but images of clear water flowing through the storied canals of Venice, Italy, seems to be lifting the spirits of a country reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
Messages of hope and appreciation for the long-clouded beauty of the city’s waterways were exchanged in the “Clean Venice” Facebook group.
“The virus brought something … beautiful,” writes resident Katia Fameli. “We should restore the natural balance and not just think about exploiting to monetize,” says Adriana Manente. “Nature is telling us to slow down,” according to Sandra Comin.
Here are some of the pictures and videos that made their way across social media:
Levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution fell drastically in parts of Italy — a direct result of the country closing due to #COVID19 . Venetians say the water hasn't been this clear in 60 years. Air quality and pollution continues to clear. Some refreshing positive news for your TL🌎 pic.twitter.com/PxOAFV8ajd
— 바 네 사 🌙 (@finessabae) March 17, 2020
Venice hasn't seen clear canal water in a very long time. Dolphins showing up too. Nature just hit the reset button on us pic.twitter.com/RzqOq8ftCj
— Gianluca De Santis (@b8taFPS) March 17, 2020