Photos show Venice underwater in worst flood in 10 years

Venice on 'code red' as city sees worst flooding since 2012

Violent floods on Monday caused massive landslides, toppling trees and buildings in its path.

Falling trees killed two people in their vehicle not far from Rome, a man south of the capital and another in the Naples region, authorities said.

Water levels were forecast to hit over one metre.

Much of Italy is under flooding alerts due to heavy rains and officials are warning residents to stay indoors as risky winds pose a threat to safety.

Genoa airport remains shut as masses of flooded debris crowded its runways, leaving hundreds of tourists stranded.

Thick snow has also cloaked French and Italian mountain regions, trapping hundreds of drivers in their cars and tourists in hotels.

Governor Giovanni Toti of Liguaria said."It is now not possible to calculate the damage, which could be hundreds of millions".

The city, built on a series of islands, deals with the high water by erecting a series of risers that permit people to circulate by foot.

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One firefighter was killed by a falling tree near Bolzano.

And a fisherman's body has reportedly been recovered from Lake Levico in Trentino after he went to check on his boat.

Other parts of Italy have been affected.

Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday's levels were exceptional.

"The problem for us was the wooden floors which suffered serious damages, but we are working and we will try to reopen as soon as possible - Venice is an amphibious civilization, we need to get used to this", stated Stefano Stipitivich, art director at Florian Cafe.

The end of the video offers a look at the streets of Venice, which still remain significantly flooded.

He added: "It is becoming ever more hard for us and indeed could become impossible for us to fix the damage, especially in an age of climate change".

Three quarters of the city of Venice is under water as gale-force winds and torrential rain brings chaos to Italy.

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