Seven Top Photo Spots in Venice

Mar 24, 2018 | Inspiration, Locations, Planning

Planning a trip to Italy’s City of Canals? Here are seven top photo spots in Venice to get your photography trip started…

Whether you’re visiting this city during crazy carnival season, on a mysterious, foggy November weekend or on a clear bright day in Spring, Venice is so stunningly beautiful it feels as if around every corner there’s a new image to be created. If I find myself at a classic location that has been photographed over and over, or in a lesser known, more intimate part of the city, I always enjoy Venice and find inspiration to shoot. If you’re planning a photography trip to this magical and audacious city soon, here are seven top photo spots in Venice I return to time and time again, yet find something new each time.

1) Burano Bridge Views

Burano is the perfect place for photographers who like colours, architecture, street photography or experimenting with abstracts. It’s hard to believe this place is real! Shoot from the small bridges giving you views into the canals in all directions.

2) Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore

Do you love aerial views as much as I do? Hop on a vaporetto and visit the San Giorgio Maggiore Church. From its bell tower there are magnificent views across Venice, and it’s much less busy than St Mark’s bell tower. Tripods are also allowed here – a big bonus!

3) Riva degli Schiavoni

This is one of the classic shots of Venice; a long exposure where the gondolas are blurred and contrasted by the church of San Giorgio Maggiore in sharp focus in the background. Shoot here in the morning when there are fewer people and less traffic on the canal.

4) Ponte di Rialto

Recently renovated, the Rialto Bridge is sparkling! The bridge is a work of art and worth photographing in its own right, but don’t forget that you can capture stunning sunsets over the Grand Canal from the top of the bridge.

5) Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Well hidden, this stunning stairway is architectural gem. Not only is it beautiful to photograph, from the top floor you have views of the Venetian rooftops as well as the bell tower of St Mark’s church.

6) La Giudecca

When you’ve had enough of the crowds and have captured the classic Venetian shots, cross the canal and walk along La Giudecca embankment. Venice seems distant and somehow even more romantic from this spot. Sunny afternoons are well-spent here, especially when you tuck your camera away and sit to enjoy a glass of Aperol Spritz knowing you have captured some unique shots of Venice!


7) Rio de San Pantalon

When you’re ready to explore lesser photographed locations in Venice, head to Dorsoduro and San Polo districts. They are only a 15 minute walk from St Mark’s Square, but much less touristy. You’ll find many intimate scenes of the canals and plenty of colourful buildings. You’re also more likely to see locals going about their daily errands by boat.

If you’ve enjoyed these seven top photo spots in Venice and want to know in more detail how to find them, have a look at my SNAPP Guide to photographing Venice, (downloadable via the SNAPP Guides app) where you’ll find around 40 great photo locations, a detailed write up and GPS coordinates.

A presto!