Venice experienced more floods and fierce winds on Saturday after a very high tide swamped the city of canals, where authorities have declared a state of emergency.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro ordered the iconic St Mark’s Square closed on Friday as the latest sea surge struck with strong storms and winds battering the region.
It reached a high of 1.54 metres (five feet) just before midday lower than Tuesday’s peak but still dangerous.
“I’m forced to close the square to avoid health risks for citizens… a disaster,” Brugnaro said.
In the afternoon the square reopened as water levels receded.