Tourists wade through Venice waters for first 'Acqua Alta' flooding of season

Tourists wade in Venice waters during first 'Acqua Alta' flooding of season


The Acqua Alta floods have returned to the streets of Venice for the first time this season and tourists have been forced to wade through the water barefoot. SCROLL DOWN FOR SLIDESHOW

Acqua Alta is the name of the phenomenon caused by a combination of high tides and strong winds blowing across the Mediterranean called sirocco.

The Acqua Alta made its first appearance of the season to the Floating City this week and tourists and Venetians were seen making their way through the water around the Italian city.

According to The Weather Channel, tides reached a height of 100cm.

St Mark's Square and surrounding walkways became a wild water park and visitors were pictured walking on temporary bridges to avoid the water.

The City of Venice tourism website says the Acqua Alta usually lasts a few hours during the peak of the high tide and is most likely to occur in November and December.

See photos from this year's early arrival of the Acqua Alta in Venice:

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'Acqua Alta' flooding returns to Venice
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Tourists wade through Venice waters for first 'Acqua Alta' flooding of season
Waves crash on the Saint Mark's banks during the first 'Acqua Alta' of the season in October 2013 in Venice, Italy. The high tide, or acqua alta as it is locally known, is a natural event most commonly affecting the city during Autumn and Winter.
A tourist sits at a table of a cafe in Saint Mark's Square gallery during the first 'Acqua Alta' of the season in October 2013 in Venice, Italy.
Tourists and Venetians stand on walkways during the first 'Acqua Alta' of the season in October 2013 in Venice, Italy.
Tourists wear high boots in Saint Mark's Square during the first 'Acqua Alta' of the season in October 2013 in Venice, Italy.
A tourist walks with his luggage along Saint Mark's Square during the first 'Acqua Alta' of the season.
Tourists talk to a shop keeper during the first 'Acqua Alta' of the season.
A delivery man walks with trolley along Saint Mark's Square during the 'Acqua Alta'.
A seagull paddles along empty tables in Saint Mark's Square during the first 'Acqua Alta' of the season.
A delivery man walks with trolley in front of shops in Saint Mark's Square while a boy plays during the 'Acqua Alta'.
A tourist walks in Saint Mark's Square during the first 'Acqua Alta' of the season.
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