In Venice, Italy, shallow low tide left the city’s canals nearly empty on Friday, Reuters reported.

The water level dropped to a minimum of 48 centimeters.

Pictures taken of the city show how famous gondolas and boats rest practically at the bottom of the canals.

Boats in the canal on Friday. Photo: MANUEL SILVESTRI / Reuters

Venice is known around the world for its canals, historic architecture and art.

The city has always been sensitive to changes in water levels.

In general, water level fluctuations during high tide and low tide remain at about 50 centimeters.

Venice's Grand Canal photographed at low tide. Image: MANUEL SILVESTRI / Reuters

In December, however, water flooded the streets of Venice, with the water level rising during high tide, according to various estimates, from 1.45 to 1.5 meters. Weather services had predicted that the water would rise by 1.2 meters, which is why the city’s flood barrier system was not activated, The Guardian reported at the time.