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People cross flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Photo: APPeople sit at the table of a bar in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Photo: APA tourist crosses flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Photo: APA young man and a woman enjoy swimming in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark's Square and other areas under water. Photo: APA woman walks in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. The water level in the canal city rose to 149 cm above normal, according to local monitoring institute Center Weather Warnings and Tides. Photo: ReutersPeople walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. The water level in the canal city rose to 149 cm above normal. Photo: ReutersA man rests in a shop in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. The water level in the canal city rose to 149 cm above normal. Photo: ReutersA man walks through a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. Photo: ReutersPeople walk through a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. Photo: ReutersPeople walk through a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. Photo: ReutersA woman stands on a bench above a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. Photo: ReutersPeople walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. Photo: ReutersPeople walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice. The water level in the canal city rose to 149 cm above normal, according to local monitoring institute Center Weather Warnings and Tides. Photo: Reuters

High tides and heavy rain flooded Venice's streets, leaving tourist hotspots virtually deserted.

Tourists chose to wade through the waters, with one group donning swimwear to sit at a table in the iconic submerged St Mark's Square.

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