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Venice underwater: A visual history

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Venice is notoriously prone to flooding, particularly in autumn. But after this week’s heavy rains, nearly three-quarters of the canal-laden city was submerged, with the tidal mark reaching its sixth-highest level since 1872. Nonetheless, Italians and light-hearted tourists carry on, even donning swimsuits and lounging in the veritable pool that is St. Mark’s Square.

Click through for more images of Italy’s flooded wonderland throughout history.

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