V Day in Venice? Pack your gumboots

Last updated 11:52 13/02/2013

Heavy rains and snow in northern Italy bring an exceptionally high tide to Venice, flooding the city's main squares and streets. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Valentine's Day visitors can expect to see water in the grand canals of Venice.

But spring tides and a deluge of frozen snow have inundated the ancient Italian city of love, and will put a damper on a usually busy holiday.

The waters of the Grand Canal rose to almost 1.5 and flooded streets, hotels, restaurants and the city's famous churches.

And while the water will abate, the Daily Mail reported that 60 per cent of Venice was flooded by its 15th highest tide since records began.

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