Venice, as everyone already knows, is an extraordinarily beautiful city. I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t seen a picture of Venice before—and let me just tell you that the city looks exactly the same in real life. It’s spectacular. I can’t describe it otherwise.
The downside of Venice’s fame and glory is that it gets absolutely packed with tourists from about mid-morning to late afternoon. In summer, when we were there, the hordes of day trippers are overwhelming. There are so many visitors that it gets simply too crowded. This is why Venice is best avoided around midday.
Luckily, there are several other islands in the Venetian Lagoon, which, by the way, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that are totally worth visiting. Burano is one of them, a tiny island that is characterized by pretty canals, lace shops and almost absurdly colorful fisherman’s houses. It’s those colors that make it a strongly recommended destination for a day trip from Venice.
In Venice itself, there are, of course, numerous things to see and do as well. It is, however, important to see and do them early. Getting up around, or even before, sunrise is a great way to beat the crowds, enjoy Venice at its quietest and arguably also most beautiful time of the day.
We didn’t visit any of the major landmarks, though. We simply strolled around, got lost a few times—it’s impossible not to get lost in Venice, even with a decent map—and admired the architecture, canals and bridges.
Venice is spectacular.
We spent three days in Venice; the first of which we modeled for a styled wedding photo shoot, the second of which we explored the city, and on the third, we hopped into a “vaporetto” and went to Burano for a visit—more on Burano later on!
Of course, my camera worked overtime again. Venice is of such extreme beauty that it is impossible not to take a photo of every street corner, bridge, canal or building. If you carry a camera when walking around, you will not stop using it.
This post with my favorite Venice photos continues the “city series” on the blog, a series in which many of the world’s greatest have already been featured.