Who can go to this beautiful Italian city without scoping out the coolest Venice photography spots? A city that needs little, if no introduction! The capital of Italy’s Veneto region, and built on more than 100 little islands that have beautiful and amazing architecture. So, why oh why would I not visit, once, or maybe twice? The last time I was visiting the floating city was was a few years ago on a little summer weekend in Venice. Word of warning for anyone visiting in the summer, it is crowded! Everyone and their cousin, uncle, auntie are there, so you can just imagine how packed the vaporettos (water buses) and streets are. If you want to escape the crowds check out my post on how you can book a private water taxi on the Grand Canal without the luxury price tag in my recent post.
I don’t think I intentionally chose to visit out of the busy season this time around when our visit was right in the middle of the cold and harsh winter. It just turned that way as I was hoping to visit before the end of last year. Thank goodness it wasn’t snowing. I was also a little apprehensive about going in the winter as winters in Venice are synonymous with Aqua Alta. Aqua Alta is the term used in Venice for the annual flooding that occurs in winter months. When this happens, most of San Marco square is covered in water together with many streets and alleys, actually. They put up little platforms for people to walk around. This was a worry up until a few weeks before the trip when the weather seemed to stabilize, although still cold.
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Perfect Conditions For A Venice Photography Trip
I needn’t have worried so much about the weather, it was dry but super cold! Mornings in Venice were covered in the heavy fog which wrapped the city’s famous landmarks in a haze, making them barely visible. Visibility was close to zero if you were standing afar but it made the floating city filled with even more charm and romantic atmosphere as the fog to hold providing great conditions for Venice photography sessions that I hadn’t even imagined when I booked the trip. The fiance and I threw the google maps and cameras back in the pockets in favour of being blissfully lost through alleyways filled with a mysterious fog.
The Best Venice Photography Spots
Let’s face it, you can’t visit the floating city with having plenty of photography of Venice. It was great to rediscover the city and the many spots that I hadn’t seen in a couple of year. If you are heading to Venice the best photography spots are:
- Doge’s Palace – The lovely details of the exterior and the columns
- St Marks Square – The cafes, the ground patterns and the pigeons all great to photograph with endless ideas.
- Campanile Bell Tower – The views from the top are amazing both of San Marco Square below and surrounding areas.
- Ponte dell’Accademia – This is a fantastic post for Venice sunrise and sunset photography as you look onto the Grand Canal. Also the best spot to capture long exposure shots of night photography in Venice.
- Ca D’Oro – Palazzo Santa Sofia is a palace on the Grand Canal in Venice, northern Italy, also known as Ca’ d’Oro (“golden house”) is one of the older palaces in the city, due to the gilt and polychrome external decorations which once adorned its walls. The exterior alone make for a perfect backdrop to portrait shots in Venice.
- Grand Canal’s famous Rialto Bridge – The iconic landmark of the city as many cool photography spots both on and around it.
- St Mark’s Basilica – The amazing detail both inside and out.
- The Bridge of Sigh – For obvious reasons. Its beautiful!
Venice Photography Weekend | Things To Do In Venice
Venice is one of those cities that I think doing the so-called ‘Top 20 Things To Do In Venice’ is almost pointless because each and every corner you turn there is something awe-inspiring to see and do. It’s simply best to let the city reveal itself to you. There are no roads in Venice, so all you need are your feet and perhaps a few hoops on the vaporettos. Venice is lined with Renaissance and Gothic Palaces, beautifully detailed architecture that a few days is never going to be enough…there is a solution to that, though. You can either move to Venice or come back! I am more for the latter. I will definitely be back in Venice again.
Below are some of the snaps from the exploring when we weren’t too busy oohing and ahhing over beautiful sights. The second to last shot is a view of Campanile Bell Tower from our Airbnb apartment.
Love your romantic description of the city! It really transposed me in the cold, wet, foggy Venice. I myself have been there my first time in a very cold February, even though it wasn't so hazzy. You should most certainly come back in a May or September to get lost on the sunny streets.
Glad you enjoyed the little journey the post took you on. I have been in the summer and winter so I think next time I visit, it will be end of Spring just before the summer rush or end of summer when people go back to school or summer vacationers return home.
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Wow, this is amazing photography! I've been to Venice several times and in different seasons, but you've managed to capture the very essence in your photos. Such a beautiful post!
Aww thank you. Glad you enjoyed the photo. I aim to please 😀
Wow, your pictures are stunning ! Traveling to Venice in the winter seems to allow visitors to experience the city at a slower, more peaceful pace, sans crowds and itineraries 🙂
It definitely seems slower paced in the winter, which was a welcomed changed from the busy summer visit some time ago. Also as long as you are properly dressed for the weather I would highly recommend visit in the winter as the place has such an added romance to its atmoshere.