Footage has captured a tornado-like whirlwind ripping through the city of Venice - leaving a path of destruction in its wake.
As the twister swept through several islands off Venice’s lagoon (Lido, Sant’Elena and Sant’Erasmo) a thick, dark column could be seen rising behind the historic Italian city's bell towers and cupolas.
While Tuesday’s impromptu whirlwind left the city’s historic centre unscathed, the outlying islands were worst hit as hundreds of trees were uprooted and scenes of panic reported.
On the island of Sant'Elena kiosks, sailing ships and restaurants were also damaged, according to media reports.
No injuries were reported.