After road tripping along the coast of Croatia and through the Julian Alps in Slovenia, we dropped off our rental car in Venice, Italy.

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.

Venice in 20 Photos

Grand Canal, Venice

The iconic Grand Canal bisects Venice

Gondolas in Venice

Besides walking, boats are the only way to get around the city

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

Gorgeous St. Mark’s Basilica dominates St. Mark’s Square

Narrow canal in Venice

Venice is home to hundreds of bridges

Pigeons in Venice

Pigeons resting on a lamppost near the Palazzo Ducale

Gondolas in Venice, Italy

Nothing is as Venetian as the typical gondolas

Bridge of Sighs, Venice

The Bridge of Sighs, one of Venice’s most famous bridges

St. Mark's Campanile, Venice

St. Mark’s Campanile on St. Mark’s Square

Venice photos: Sunset over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Lonely gondolier on the Grand Canal

Nicolo Tommaseo Statue, Venice

Statue of Nicolo Tommaseo

Read more: The Dazzling Colors of Burano

Venice photos: Palazzo Ducale in Venice

Façade of the magnificent Palazzo Ducale

Venice photos: Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

The Grand Canal is busy with all kinds of boats during the day

Gondola under the Bridge of Sighs, Venice

A gondola passes underneath the Bridge of Sighs

Venice photos: Vaporetto on the Grand Canal in Venice

Vaporetto, or waterbus, commuting in the Grand Canal

Venice photos: Top of St. Mark's Basilica, Venice

The golden top of St. Mark’s Basilica

Venice photos: Entrance of Grand Canal, Venice

Gondolas entering (or leaving) the Grand Canal at sunset

Boat on Grand Canal in Venice

Sunset boat ride on Venice’s Grand Canal

Venice photos: Picturesque bridge in Venice

Dining can’t get more scenic than this

Venice photos: Canal in Venice

Beautiful pastel-colored buildings are typical of Venice

Venice photos: Piazza San Marco, Venice

St. Mark’s Square, or Piazza San Marco, is popular among both tourists and pigeons

My favorite of these twenty Venice photos is the last one of St. Mark’s Square. Which one do you like best?
Have you ever visited Venice? What were your impressions?

Venice and the Veneto Travel Guides


Bram Reusen

Bram Reusen is a Belgian travel photographer, writer and the founder of Travel. Experience. Live. He now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. From backpacking and adventuring to slow travel and cycling trips, Bram focuses on nature and adventure travel. His passions are hiking in national parks and sampling craft beers.

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