This week's deluge proved too much even for one famous Venice bookstore which had resigned itself to constant flooding, keeping its books inside bathtubs and boats!
Venice was underwater yesterday as violent storms swept across Italy. More than 85% of Venice was flooded, including the historic St Mark’s basilica.
Two people have died as the highest water levels for more than 50 years caused hundreds of millions of euros of possibly irreparable damage in Venice!
Floors and mosaics of Venice landmark damaged by saltwater.
A man has gone for a swim in St Mark's Square in Venice, as the beautiful Italian city was hit by the highest tide (Aqua Alta) in 50 years.
City officials said the tide peaked at 6.14ft at 10.50 pm, just short of the record 6.4ft set in 1966. The city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, declared a state of disaster!
The acqua alta in Venice came worryingly close last night to reach levels last seen during the great flood of 1966, and waters are reportedly rising again.
Bad weather, the Mediterranean Cyclone has been beating Italy for 24 hours: impressive data, rain and wind typical of a 3rd category hurricane!
Tourists and Venetians alike have donned high boots and taken to temporary raised walkways to slosh through the high water that has hit much of the lagoon city.