Venice is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, which made it the best destination for our first trip as a couple. Fun fact: our relationship became “official” on top of the Basilica di San Marco. This city is magical, mysterious and for sure one of the most photogenic cities you’ll ever visit. Every corner reveals a new surprise: churches, colored walls, small streets, and bridges.
Venice has endless photography possibilities. However, it can be hard to take a photo since Venice is one of the most visited cities in the world, which basically means that it’s always busy and crowded. But, if you’re a wanderer and an early bird, you’ll be able to shoot beautiful pictures. In this short guide, we will show you our favorite spots to take photos in Venice.
Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco is where the magic happens. Sadly, it’s also one of the most touristic spots in Venice. However, go there at 7.30 AM and you won’t find any tourists over there, so it’s just you, a lot of pigeons and the beauty of this square and its amazing basilica. You can enter the basilica, and the rooftop gives you a one of a kind view over Piazza San Marco.
Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace)
The palace was the center of government during the Venetian Republic and also the residence of the Doge. Today, it’s one of the eleven museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. We really loved the architecture and the portico got us totally speechless.
Definitely one of the most touristic spots in Venice. We have never seen so many people on a bridge at the same time. Sadly, tourism makes it pretty hard to take a photo of this bridge.
Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)
Ponte dei Sospiri is another famous bridge in Venice, which is built in 1600. This bridge is made out of white limestone and connects the Prigioni Nuove to the Palazzo Ducale. The legend tells us that no one could escape from this prison, except for one man: Mr. Giacomo Casanova.
The Canal Grande is the biggest canal in Venice. It’s amazing to see how many people (mostly tourists of course) are using the water for transportation. You can book a gondola-tour here, but it’s also a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the local life.
Basilica Santa Maria della Salute
You’ll get the best view of this Basilica from the Ponte dell’Accademia. We went there at 7:00 AM for sunrise. It’s an amazing experience to see the city of Venice wake up in the morning. After shooting this early, you have earned a cup of coffee. You should go to Caffe Florian, which is known as the first cafe that started selling coffee in Europe.
During our trip to Venice, we have photographed a lot of small and tiny canals. Venice has six neighborhoods: Santa Croce, San Polo, Dorsoduro, San Marco, Castello and Cannaregio. All of these neighborhoods have their own little canals, beautiful bridges and stunning churches. To be honest, we made so many photos that we don’t even know in which neighborhood they were taken. We don’t know if we can ever find these places back. Our advice: wander around, turn left where everybody goes right and enjoy all the hidden gems Venice has to offer.
Have you ever been to Venice?