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, utilizing makeshift bridges, 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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