The Magic of Venice … the most exquisite City in the World!
During our numerous visits, the magic of Venice has captivated us time and time again. Whether we were wandering its enchanting streets on a drizzly Christmas Eve or immersing ourselves in its splendor as part of our Photography Travel Tours, each encounter has left us spellbound. It appears that no matter how many times we return, there is always a fresh surprise waiting beyond the conventional tourist paths. This city, with its sinking foundations, grand palaces, and fading allure, possesses an irresistible charm that can effortlessly enchant you (although this charm may wane if you happen to visit in August when the city is over-touristed, the canals emit an unpleasant odor and the mosquitoes, conveniently omitted from most guidebooks, feast upon you). To avoid the unpleasantness, we will return for another one of our Venice Photo Tours in the late spring of 2024 (May 28 — June 1).
For Magrit, who grew up in Austria just a short train ride away from Venice, this island city is intertwined with her personal history. Even her parents embarked on a honeymoon adventure to Venice on a motorcycle with a sidecar back in the 1950s. One can only imagine what Venice was like back then.
Capturing the magic of Venice through photography on our tours offers the additional advantage of exquisite Italian cuisine. Don’t forget to try the recipe for Spritz, a delightful Venetian summer drink, and take a moment to watch the mesmerizing “Fly over Venice” video, both located at the bottom of this page.
Gondoliere add to the Magic of Venice
Photographing gondoliers is a fun experience. Find a spot along a canal that lies on the gondola route, perch yourself on the steps leading to the water, and patiently wait for the gondolas turning around the corner. If you stick with us, we’ll take you to the best spots. 😉
A one-day Journey through Venice
For those with limited time in Venice but an insatiable appetite for exploration and a surplus of energy, our 1-day photographic itinerary is the perfect solution. This carefully curated itinerary includes various locations that are also part of our popular Venice Photo Tours. These tours span over four days and serve as an extraordinary prelude to our Tuscany Photo Tour: La Bella Toscana | Tuscany Photo Tour, scheduled for May 20 to 26, 2024.
Your one-day adventure will commence bright and early. And when I say early, I mean extremely early! Prepare to rise at the crack of dawn, around 4:00 a.m. Slip out of your cozy hotel without disturbing a soul, and wander through the dimly lit, empty streets of Venice in the dark. It’s almost surreal to have St. Mark’s (San Marco) Square all to yourself, except for a handful of night owls heading to bed and a couple of inspired photographers. Just a few hours ago, this bustling area was packed like sardines in a can. In the early morning, the streetlights are still illuminated, providing the perfect opportunity to capture stunning Blue Hour photographs.
As photographers scramble to capture one last shot, a collective sigh fills the air when the streetlights fade around 5:30 a.m. However, the sunrise and the quiet morning hours until approximately 8 a.m. still offer incredible photo opportunities and the luxury of experiencing this breathtaking city without the presence of tourist crowds.
Now comes the moment you’ve been waiting for: Follow your senses and indulge in the first cappuccino of the day at the very first café to unroll its metal shutters. You can smell the fragrance of coffee and freshly baked croissants (brioche) from far away. A truly divine moment!
Indulge in a delectable breakfast buffetnbefore a short intermission. Then, venture towards a lesser-known palazzo, conveniently located just opposite our welcoming family-operated hotel. Find yourself lying on the marbled floor, gazing upwards through your camera lens at a stunningly beautiful ceiling, adorned with a mysteriously floating sculpture, a sight of perfect symmetry.
Once you’ve brushed off the dust from the floor, make your way back to San Marco Square. Prepare yourself for the crowds of tourists as you ascend the Campanile, a towering cathedral bell tower from the 16th century. It stands tall at an impressive height of 323 feet.
From the top, enjoy the awe-inspiring 360-degree views of the city. Take this unique opportunity to observe the world below and catch tourists engaging in amusing antics through the lens of your long-range camera.
For lunch, consider visiting one of the numerous authentic Venetian Cicchetti bars. These establishments offer a delightful array of little open-faced sandwiches, each adorned with creative and unique toppings.
The Rialto Bridge offers breathtaking views of the Canale Grande, capturing its beauty in a whole new light. Adjacent to this iconic spot lies a vibrant open-air market, filled with a diverse range of fresh seafood, produce, unique souvenirs, and handcrafted items.
Even after the market vendors have packed up and washed down their stalls, leaving behind only a faint scent of fish, this location remains captivating for photographers.
After savoring a delicious cappuccino, take a leisurely stroll to Casa Goldoni. For a small fee, you can explore the interior courtyard of this exquisite building. What sets our photography tour apart is the exclusive permission we have to not only admire but also capture the romantic essence of this scene.
The romantic Blue Hour makes Venice glow
To truly capture the magic of Venice, seize the opportunity to photograph during the morning or evening Blue Hour. Above, you have already witnessed the beauty of the early morning Blue Hour. Below, you will find a few images captured after sunset. If you’d like to try your hand at photographing during the Blue Hour, click here. »
Photographing Venice must always include Burano!
No photographic journey to Venice would be complete without a visit to Burano, one of the many small islands in the Venetian Lagoon! Read a blog post with many more colorful images from Burano by clicking here. »
Burano is renowned for its exuberant colors. Embark on a delightful 45-minute water bus (Vaporetto) journey that will transport you to this lively fishing village.
Rather than attempting to conquer everything in a single day, pushing your boundaries and relying on copious amounts of caffeine, we strongly advise adopting a more leisurely approach. Take your time, spread out these photographic opportunities over several days, and truly revel in the captivating the magic of Venice. Allow us to guide you to numerous visually stunning locations. We know the perfect timing and destinations.
Click here if you’d like to join us in Venice and Burano in 2024. We’d love to have you!
Jim + Magrit
And as promised, here is the recipe for another Venetian delight:
Campari (or Aperol) Spritz
Spritz is a vibrant, sweet, and effervescent beverage that strikes the perfect balance of bitterness. You can create a spritz cocktail using either Campari or Aperol (the Aperol Spritz being slightly sweeter and less tangy).
– 3 ounces of Prosecco
– 2 ounces of Campari or Aperol
– 1 ounce of club soda
– 1 slice of orange
1. Fill a tumbler with ice cubes.
2. Add Prosecco, followed by Campari or Aperol, and finish with club soda. Stir gently.
3. Serve garnished with a slice of orange.
Enjoy the “Flying over Venice” video!
|Jim and Magrit have been photographing professionally and traveling in Europe for the past 20 years.
They started Photography Travel Tours in 2011 with the goal of educating and guiding photographers to some of the most beautiful and iconic scenes in Europe.
The tours are not just about getting great photographs but also have the side benefits of doing so in wonderful environments. Great food, wine, people, and ambiance.
Read more about Jim & Magrit and their wonderful photo tours here: (http://photographytraveltours.com/about/).
Slow Travel Tours is an affiliation of small-group tour operators who offer personalized trips in Italy, France and other European countries.