Tourists Swim in Flooded Venice Square
Others wear bathing suits to underwater cafes
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2012 6:10 AM CST
A young man and a woman enjoy swimming in flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

(Newser) – Heavy rains yesterday raised the water level in Venice to its sixth-highest since record-keeping began in 1872: a high-tide mark of 59.06 inches, the AP reports. But as almost three-quarters of the city flooded and stores, houses, and historic buildings filled with water, tourists didn't let any of that get them down. Instead, some went swimming in iconic St. Mark's Square, Reuters reports. Others wore swimsuits and sat at underwater cafe tables. Heavy rains have also caused flooding in Tuscany, where 200 people were forced to evacuate. The mayor of one hard-hit area calls the damage "devastating."

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Nov 13, 2012 11:00 AM CST
Ah, Venice... Riding the canals... Visiting the museums... Swimming in sewage... Priceless.
Nov 12, 2012 11:16 AM CST
The TRUTH --- That's what happens when you build a city on a swamp. --- The Romans built their city in and on the swamp, to excape the invading Huns. --- So what Happened? --- Venice today. ------ REALLY
Nov 12, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Whole new meaning for colon cleanse.