Tourists don colourful shoe covers to wade through Venice

At 1.05 metres, the high tide was not high enough to activate the Mose flood barriers, which were launched last year to protect the fragile city from flooding during the so-called "acqua alta" or high water.

Instead, walkways were set up for tourists and locals to cross St. Mark's Square without getting their feet wet.

Venice’s floods are caused by a combination of factors exacerbated by climate change - from rising sea levels and unusually high tides to land subsidence that has caused the ground level of the city to sink.

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