EuropeFears for flooding as heavy rain soaks Italy.

Deluge in Venice; Rome buffeted by high winds

By
|
Venice under water, but fashion is still afoot.
Venice under water, but fashion is still afoot. Photo Credit: ChiccoDodiFC/GettyImages

Much of the rest of Italy has also experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees, killing four people.

Venice has been given a soaking by an exceptional high tide that put three-quarters of the lagoon city under water. Levels peaked at the highest seen since December 2008.

Much of the rest of Italy has also experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees, killing four people.

Officials closed major tourist attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, due to heavy rains.

There are fears flooding this week could reach the levels of the 1966 flood which struck Venice and Florence.

On Monday tourists and residents donned high boots to navigate the streets after strong winds raised the water level 156cm before receding. 

Few seemed too bothered, though. On Instagram, Sue Sidu posted, “I love the look of those emergency orange boots everyone has. The Italians manage to make a fashion statement out of the situation.”


JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI