Venice is an incredibly picturesque city. A real paradise for instagrammers and photographers! You can wander the streets of Venice for hours discovering new alleys worth snapping a photo. However, if you don’t have that much time on hand, I’d like to present you 13 best photo spots in Venice! Treat it as a mini photo-instagram guide for Venice 🙂 If you like this type of formula, we will create such posts from other places, just let us know in comments!
Griti Palace – 13 best photo spots in Venice
I found out about the terrace of the restaurant located in Griti Palace with an amazing view (1) of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute from Agnieszka’s blog – Taste and Travel. I was even planning to go there for a damn expensive drink, but gave up when I realized that all the seats by the window were full. Practically the same shot can be captured from the gondola pier, which is located at the entrance to the hotel (2) and I also discovered this place thanks to Aga.
But something prompted me to look into the dark alley leading to the Vaporetto station (3) and bingo! This is in my opinion, the best place to take a photo with the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute in the background! The best light falls on the basilica during sunset, actually right in front of it. I managed to take my photos between 7 and 7:20pm after the light suddenly disappeared. The sun surprised me a bit, because sunset in Venice that day should be at 8:40 pm, so it’s worth getting ready for the photos a little earlier.
Ponte della Paglia – 13 best photo spots in Venice
The Ponte della Paglia (4) is a great place to take a picture of the Ponte Sospiri bridge. At sunrise, quite a lot of photographers with tripods set up there, so it’s worth to get there early.
Gondola pier near Doge Palace- 13 of the best photo spots in Venice
Literally few steps from Saint Mark’s Square is the gondola pier (5) with a perfect view of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. The gondolas swinging on the water adding charming element to composition. Great light can be experienced both at sunrise and sunset. Many photographers come at sunrise, it’s worth being early to catch the best spot.
Ponte Rialto – 13 best photo spots in Venice
There are two good photo spots next to the Rialto Bridge. Going from St. Mark’s Square, just before the bridge, turn right, after a few steps you will see the gondola pier (6), which is a great place for shooting. You can take photos from the piers or simply photograph the gondolas against the bridge. The second place is on the other side, you need to turn right immediately, around the corner of the building there is a wall (7) where all instagrammers are taking pictures. The best light to shoot the bridge is during the day, too early or too late the bridge will be in the shade.
Pier at De Pisis restaurant – 13 best photo spots in Venice
The pier at the De Pisis restaurant (8) is another brilliant place for taking photos of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Both in the morning and in the evening I was alone there.
Colorful houses in Burano – 13 best photo spots in Venice
Burano is a separate island in Venetian Lagoon. What is it famous for? From houses painted in all the colors of the rainbow! Burano is beautiful and sooooo photogenic. The houses aren’t painted in such a way as to attract tourists – the intense colors helped fishermen safely return home (a bit like a lighthouse) in the morning fog. Burano is really so colorful and literally every house is painted in a different interesting color not like only a few of them are painted.
In my opinion, the best way to capture Burano is to go as early as possible and take photos without the crowds. On the map, I marked two points – 9 and 10, which in my opinion are the best for photos. I did my own thing using a tripod, in these two places the camera can be set up on the bridge.
Roof of the old post office – 13 best photo spots in Venice
There is a free viewpoint on the roof of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi building (11), which now houses the DFS shopping center. Entry must be reserved for a specific time (due to the virus). The views are really spectacular! I was there around 6pm and the sun was setting before 9pm that day, the light was fine at that time.
Ponte dell Academia – 13 best photo spots in Venice
The wooden Ponte dell Academia (12) is a nice place for photos of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, and on the other side we have a beautiful view of the Grand Canale.
Staircase Scala Contarini del Bovolo – 13 best photo spots in Venice
The circular staircase of the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (13) is an extremely photogenic place. I also saw some nice photos from inside. Spending 7 euro to enter might not be a bad idea after all.