One of Europe’s most majestic and romantic travel destinations, Venice has a special atmosphere unlike any other city. Characterized by winding canals and historic bridges, this city built on water seems to defy logic, giving it a truly magical charm.
Exploring Venice is like stepping into another world; wander the canals and back streets until you get lost, then catch a gondola back to the Grand Canal and you’ll know exactly where you are. Photographers in Venice will have practically unending scenes to photograph, from stunning sunsets lighting the canals to the grand churches and palazzos found around the city. Art and history enthusiasts can enjoy the various museums and galleries, or for a quieter retreat you can take day trips to some of the smaller surroundings islands.
The obvious place to begin a vacation is Venice is by visiting the Piazza San Marco, which is the main square of the city and holds some of the best historic landmarks. St. Mark’s Basilica dominates the piazza with its majestic domes and arches and intricate decorations you will notice upon close observation. The piazza is one of the top photo sites in the city because of its beauty and historic significance.
Venice is of course famous for its system of canals instead of roads. The Grand Canal is the biggest of them all, running in a zigzag through the city and with the most gondola and boat traffic. To cross the canal, you can either take ferry boats or find one of the beautiful bridges that connect the two sides. Traveling photographers can enjoy getting shots of the Grand Canal from a variety of perspectives, perhaps first from a gondola and then from on top of one of the bridges looking out across the water and to the houses and shops lining the canal.
When exploring the Grand Canal, a bridge of particular significance is the Rialto Bridge, which was once the only bridge across the Grand Canal. Now this elegant landmark serves as a tourist destination and historic site for the city and a favorite photo spot.
If you’re interested in artwork, make sure you visit the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which contains a world-famous collection focusing on Venetian artwork. You can easily pass an afternoon browsing through the various museum displays with masterpieces by Giovanni Bellini, Titian, and other great artists.
An easy vaporetto boat ride from Venice is the neighboring island of Murano, which is known for its glass workers. You can take a day trip to see the Glass Museum which is famous for its enormous collection of Venetian glass, dating back to the Roman Empire but also featuring art from present-day craftworkers. In the local glass shops you might even get the chance to see glass blowing in progress, and you can always pick up a little glass souvenir from one of the numerous shops.
Venice is a place where you won’t want to forget a single moment of your time there. To help preserve this special experience, it might be worthwhile to rent a photographer from Localgrapher who can help give you suggestions about the best ways to explore the city and ensure you leave your trip with a collection of professional photographs. Venice is a special place and deserves to have some special attention taken to preserving the memories.