Rick Steves' Europe: Venice, Italy

Piazza San Marco—the storied square punctuated by its 11th century basilica—endures as an awe-inspiring portal to the city’s many splendors

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Rainy Season in St. Mark's Square

St Marks Square rainy season Venice Italy
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When wind and tide combine at this northern end of the Adriatic Sea, the acqua alta hits. About 30 times a year, mostly in the winter, Venice floods. Squares sprout elevated wooden walkways, locals pull on their rubber boots and life goes on.

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