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Tourists sit in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists sit in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists sit in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring...more

Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring...more

Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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Tourists walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice November 1, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 140cm (55 inches) above normal, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice November 1, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 140cm (55 inches) above normal, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice November 1, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 140cm (55 inches) above normal, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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Tourists walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice November 1, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 140 cm (55 inches) above normal, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice November 1, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 140 cm (55 inches) above normal, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists walk in a flooded street during a period of seasonal high water in Venice November 1, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 140 cm (55 inches) above normal, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring...more

Tourists walk on raised platforms for flood waters in St. Mark Square during a period of seasonal high water in Venice October 27, 2012. The water level in the canal city rose to 127 cm (50 inches) above the normal level, according to the monitoring institute. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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