- 70 per cent of central Venice underwater today reaching 59 inches
- Tourists waded through waters in wellington boots and donned swimwear
- Iconic St Mark's Square flooded leaving normally bustling square deserted
By Larisa Brown
PUBLISHED: 11:44 EST, 11 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:35 EST, 12 November 2012
It may be known as the Floating City of love.
But romance was cast aside today as gondolas were swapped for wellington boots and swimwear.
High tides and heavy rain flooded Venice's dry streets, leaving tourist hotspots virtually deserted.
Tourists chose to wade through the waters in boots, with one group donning swimwear to sit at a table in the iconic submerged St Mark's Square.
Scroll down for video
People sit at the table of a bar in a flooded St. Mark's Square today after high tides have flooded the romantic city in Italy
A young man and a woman enjoy swimming in a deserted square that is usually dry and inundated with tourists
People take a coffee break in a flooded shop as rainfall reached 59inches in Venice
One hardy couple even decided to go for a quick swim.
Others had less enjoyable tasks, with some visitors being forced to wade through nearly waist-high waters carrying suitcases on their shoulders.
Heavy rains and seas whipped up by strong winds brought the lagoon city's high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began being kept 150 years ago in 1872.
The water levels rose to critical levels overnight.
It was reported that 70per cent of central Venice was under water today as the high tide mark reached 59.06inches.
Water, water everywhere: The usually crowded Saint Mark's Square was deserted as flood waters rose making it impossible to visit
Washed out: The view towards St Mark's Basin looks a little different from normal. More than 70 per cent of Venice has been left flooded after the city was hit by a high tide
A tourist crosses flooded the iconic square carrying a suitcase on her shoulder while wading through the waters
Wearing plastic bags to cover his legs, a tourist carries two suitcases in flooded waters
70per cent of central Venice was underwater today
A shop assistant controls the tide that threatens to inundate his shop in the romantic city
Those who decided to take a break from the flooded streets were captured in wellington boots standing in water in coffee shops.
Makeshift wooden walkways had to be used to cross areas of St Mark's square, with transportation proving difficult for residents.
Italian news reports said the same weather system causing chaos in Venice was wreaking havoc elsewhere in north and central Italy, with some 200 people evacuated from their homes in hard-hit Tuscany.
Flooding is common in the city at this time of year. Moveable barriers that would rise from the sea bed to protect Venice from high tides have been in the works for years but will not be operational before 2014.
Parents carry their children and possessions wrapped in carrier bags in a small street today
Tourists walk on footbridges near the Rialto bridge as heavy rain puts a dampener on their tour of the city
One tourist takes off their boots to walk on a makeshift footbridge in the rain
VIDEO: Tourists wade in waist-high water in the heart of the ancient city
Headlines Newsview all
The Lagos State Government in conjunction with the Sports Writer’s Association of Nigeria (Lagos Chapter) and the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, have set up a ... Full story
The police on Tuesday told a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Lugbe, Abuja, that there was no truth in the claim by ... Full story
Fani-Kayode Reveals: EFCC Plans To Keep Me In Custody For Five Years Without Trial For Attacking Buhari?s Policies
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has raised the alarm over the alleged action of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to keep him ... Full story
Rate this article
- Farewell game for Amodu and Keshi scheduled for July 23
- Workers ask federal govt to investment into auto industry
- Commissioner of Police says Farouk Lawan?s $500,000 bribery sting operation claim is false
Members of the Automobile, Boatyards, Transport, Equipment and Allied Senior Staff Association have urged the Federal Government to invest in the auto industry, own its ... Full story
Nigeria U23 team have commenced the mandatory Pre-Competition Medical Assessment (PCMA) for the Rio Olympics. The team had their last training yesterday so that the players ...
According to Freeze the act is prevalent amongst Nigerian OAP's who don’t stay true to themselves. He took to Instagram to share his opinion on Nigerian ...
Famous Nollywood actress Halima Abubakar, who recently clocked 31-years old, is enjoying all the fame and fortune her career has brought her thus far. In a ...
According to reports, Danku was arrested right on the red carpet of the event. Sources confirm that the singer had Danku arrested by the Lagos State ...
After a long silence, founder of the Fresh Oil Ministry, Apostle Psalm Okpe has opened up on the circumstances that led to the death of ... Full story
At a ceremony held at the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Ebute-Metta, the actress was conferred with a chieftancy title adding another feather to her cap. The title ...
By Umar Yusuf Yola—Ado Daukaka, a popular local Hausa singer in Adamawa State, has been abducted in mysterious circumstances, few hours after releasing a song against ...
Remy Ma who is an American female rapper known for notoriety like Lil Kim and the likes made herself the cynosure of all eyes at ... Full story
Yoruba actress, Toyin Aimakhu graced her Instagram page with an appealing photo of her cleavage on display. The single woman wore a beautiful native outfit ... Full story