A member of the Venice Gondolieri association prepares to dive into the Canal Grande, close to the famed Rialto Bridge [Miguel Medina/AFP]

Venice’s gondoliers have been swapping boating hats for scuba helmets and diving into canals in a clean-up operation of the UNESCO city that has turned up everything from washing machines to bicycles.

“It’s another world down there,” Lorenzo Brunello told AFPTV late on Sunday as he prepared to plunge into the murky waters in the first night-time trawl for rubbish cluttering up the famous city’s waterways.

It is the sixth time since February that gondoliers have stripped off their trademark stripey tops and donned wetsuits to bring to the surface unwanted belongings, from tires and television sets to vintage radios and

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