Venice under water during high tide flooding

1. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don waterproofs and wellies and use wooden walkways to cross St Mark’s Square and other areas under water.

Venice under water during high tide flooding

2. Still, some shops and ground-floor homes were flooded.

Venice under water during high tide flooding

3. The flooding is caused by wind and rain combined with the lagoon city’s periodic tidal phenomenon.

Venice under water during high tide flooding

4. The city has for years been wrestling with the problems posed by the threat of rising sea levels and has launched an ambitious plan.

Venice under water during high tide flooding

5. Venice suffered its worst ever “acqua alta” on November 4, 1966, when it was submerged by 160 centimetres (63 inches).

Venice under water during high tide flooding

6. Tourists wearing protective plastic bags wade along a flooded street

Venice under water during high tide flooding

7. People walk on bridges set up in front of the Doge’s Palace

Venice under water during high tide flooding

8. Nurses carry a man on a stretcher in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice

Venice under water during high tide flooding

9. People walk in high water near the Ponte delle Guglie

Venice under water during high tide flooding

10. A man carries a child as they leave the flooded St Mark’s square

Venice under water during high tide flooding