The Italian city of Venice has become almost as famous for its flood problems as for its gondolas, a flat-bottomed boat, in recent years.
A combination of subsidence and rising sea levels have seen the St Mark's Square, a major tourist attraction, submerged on an alarmingly regular basis.
But an answer could be on the horizon as a multi-billion-dollar flood defence system is nearing completion.
Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports from Venice.
Source: Al Jazeera