Venice Under Water

Heavy rains and high tides have brought some of the worst flooding to Venice, Italy in years. The "acqua alta", or high water, is common this time of year and Sunday's level of 149 centimeters (4 ft, 10 in) was below the 160 centimeters (5 ft, 2 in) recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades. The bad weather and torrential rainfall will continue through Tuesday, forecasters said. Collected here are images from Venice as it endures this recent acqua alta.
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1. A man and woman swim in flooded Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) in Venice, Italy, on November 11, 2012. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross Piazza San Marco and other areas under water.




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2. People walk on bridges set up in front of Palace of Doges during acqua alta on November 1, 2012 in Venice.




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3. A worker pushes a wheelbarrow during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, on October 27, 2012.




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4. Tourists walk on raised platforms above flood waters in Piazza San Marco during high water in Venice, on October 27, 2012.




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5. A man sits in his shop as tourists walk in a flooded street in Venice, on November 11, 2012.




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6. A view of Piazza San Marco taken during flooding on October 31, 2012 in Venice.




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7. A waiter serves coffees to tourists sat in his bar flooded during an "acqua alta", on October 27, 2012 in Venice.




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8. A woman walks in high water ner the Rialto Bridge in Venice, on November 1, 2012.




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9. People sit at a table in a flooded Piazza San Marco in Venice, on November 11, 2012.




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10. A person carries luggage through a flooded street during a period of high water in Venice, on November 1, 2012.




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11. A man carries a girl as they leave the flooded Piazza San Marco, on November 1, 2012 in Venice.




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12. People stand in the flooded Piazza San Marco in Venice, on November 1, 2012.




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13. Shoes and wellies float in a flooded shop in Venice, on November 11, 2012.




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14. People have coffee in a flooded shop during an "acqua alta" in Venice, on November 11, 2012.




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15. A woman stands on a bench above a flooded street in Venice, on November 11, 2012.




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16. A man rows a kayak in front of Piazza San Marco during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, on November 1, 2012.




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17. People walk on raised pathways set up near the flooded Piazza San Marco during "acqua alta" in Venice, on November 1, 2012.




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18. People walk in flooded Venice streets on November 1, 2012.




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19. A tourist crosses flooded Piazza San Marco in Venice, on November 11, 2012.




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20. Tourists walk on raised platforms near Piazza San Marco in Venice, on October 27, 2012.




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21. Gondolas float above a flooded Piazza San Marco at night in Venice, on November 1, 2012.




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22. Piazza San Marco in Venice, flooded at night, on November 1, 2012.




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23. A man walks through the flooded Piazza San Marco in Venice, on October 31, 2012.




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24. A man walks through a flooded street in Venice, on November 11, 2012.




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25. Tourists sit in floodwater covering Piazza San Marco in Venice, on October 27, 2012.




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26. People wade through high water near the Ponte delle Guglie in Venice, on November 1, 2012.




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27. People walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice, on November 11, 2012.




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28. Employees push a trolley across a flooded Piazza San Marco as they deliver boxes of food during an "acqua alta" in Venice, on October 15, 2012.




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29. A man enjoys a swim in a submerged Piazza San Marco in Venice, on November 11, 2012.