I am actually intrigued by the idea of experiencing a good acqua alta (maybe being from Seattle I've got water on the brain) and think visiting Venice during January sounds enticing and beautiful. Am I crazy? It just seems like a cyclical thing that the Venetians have learned to deal with and that it would be a unique experience. (Granted, I also used to live on a sailboat and love big snowstorms, thunderstorms, etc. No Southern Calif. climate for me!) But, is the whole process considered a pain in the tusch for the locals and the Venetians would prefer we rubberneckers to stay away?
Would there be better places to stay during an acqua alta than others? (obviously, not on the ground floor unless I wanted to reaaaalllly enjoy the tide) While I like the idea of experiencing Venice during high tides, I wouldn't want to get completely stranded for half a day in some out of the way place.