Category: World / November 28, 2012 12:58 PM EST
The water in Venice on Wednesday (November 28) rose to 103 centimetres above sea level, flooding St. Mark's Square, and the tourist areas around the Rialto bridge.
The water level was less high than on previous occasions but people were still forced to take to the raised walkways to move across the square, or to put on their rubber boots.
Some people still had a glass on half submerged chairs outside the bars and cafes surrounding the piazza.
A fresh peak of 130 centimetres was expected later on Wednesday, at around 2200gmt, as strong south-easterly winds continue to blow across Venice.
Much of Italy is being battered by strong winds and heavy rainfall.