‘We were amazed’: Venice tourist recounts flooding inside hotel, resilience of the city

In the aftermath of Venice’s historic flooding, tourists are trying to figure out how to salvage their trips to one of Italy’s most popular vacation destinations.

The city saw its second-highest recorded flood levels – just over 6 feet above sea level – on Tuesday. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the government plans to declare a state of emergency to help Venice recover. 

Those visiting Italy are working out how to experience the city despite high water levels, doing their best to see all the major sights by braving the elements with umbrellas and wading through Venice in knee-high waterproof booties. 

Carol Rourke, 60, from South Carolina, is in the middle of avacation with her husband and 39 other U.S., Canadian and Australian tourists through the Collette travel company. The group arrived in Venice on Tuesday night just as water levels began to rise.

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