Photo Gallery Facing the Floods

The city of Venice absorbs 20 million tourists each year. In addition, rising water levels have meant an increasing number of floods each year. A new barrier aims to keep Mother Nature at bay, but Venice faces an equally big problem: Its population is shrinking dramatically as Venetians flee the city.
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Foto: Luigi Costantini/ AP
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Foto: ANDREA PATTARO/ AFP
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Foto: ANDREA PATTARO/ AFP
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Foto: Marco Sabadin/ AFP
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Foto: LUIGI COSTANTINI/ AP
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Foto: A1809 epa ansa Andrea Merola/ dpa