Unusual weather has left some of Venice's legendary canals dried out - forcing gondolas to park up on dry land.
Cold winter weather, low tides caused by the 'super blue blood moon' and little rain have caused the storied waterways to drop by up to 23inches (58cm) in some cases.
Photographs taken this week have shown the Queen of the Adriatic looking a shadow of her normal self, with boats covered up and even languishing on the muddy bottoms of empty canals.
On the other hand, the city faces flooding several times a year when the ‘acqua alta’ phenomenon occurs, forcing residents and visitors to done high rubber boots and use raised walkways.
While tourism in the city is continuing to grow, the size of the population continues to dwindle.
Since 1951, Venice's population has steadily shrunk from 175,000 to some 55,000.
Several factors are blamed, including high prices caused by the tourist boom, the logistics of supplying a carless city and the erosion of canal-side apartment buildings by lapping waters.
Basements and ground floors in much of Venice are frequently flooded when the 'acqua alta' (high water) phenomenon occurs, forcing residents and visitors alike to don high rubber boots and use raised walkways.

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