Venecia and the palomas
Venice is beautiful, but it´s too crowded, first of all by tourists, second by palomas. You find them in masses at the Piazza San Marco, where you can buy food to give it to them.....I think every year the government tries to catch and kill a part of them, because their excrements attack and destroy the old buildings of Venice. The whole city has got it´s very special flair, the canal system is so impressing, the construction and architecture amazing!
Arriving and Leaving Venice
Someone once said to me the best way to arrive in Venice is by boat and I must agree with this.
We went over to Venice from Porec in Croatia via the Hydrofoil. The journey was around two hours but was a little bumpy.
It really is a wonderful experience to see the skyline of Venice as you approach. 1. Arriving in Venice by sea.
2. Entering St. Mark's Square.
3. Cruising along the canals.
Best time to take photos – where & when
If you will be in Venezia only for one day (still I hope you won’t, but decide to stay longer), you will have to plan well in advance where to be at what time to get the best shots.
Piazza San Marco, Basilica and Palazzo Ducale are best photographed as late in the afternoon as possible, when the sun is in the west and paints all the façades with a golden light.
For Ponte dei Sospiri the best time is noon or earlier; as soon as the sun passes the southern front of Palazzo Ducale it might be too dark already (as the bridge is some metres back in the canal).
An excellent photo stop is the Ponte Accademia in (late) afternoon. With the sun in your back, you’ll get the most amazing and atmospheric photos of Santa Maria della Salute and the Canal Grande as it opens into Bacino di San Marco.
For the palazzos along Canal Grande any time is good, maybe even at noon, if you sit on vaporetto No. 1. It will be not easy to get a prime seat on the boat then (= in the front, either left or right => board the boat at the first stops), as many others have the same idea. Sometimes it can be better to give up a prime seat, leave the boat and take the next one, if you are surrounded with passengers that mistake the vaporetto for a market in Beijing and scream in high pitch voices all the time without breathing.
Ca ‘d’Oro is best photographed from the other side of Canal Grande (just pass Pescheria) in late afternoon. Again it is then when the low sun lets the already yellowish colours gleam and shine – then it is a real golden house. For those of you who plan to go up Campanile for the gorgeous views, the best times are either very early or late or around noon. Noon won’t bring the colours out that much, though. And it is also a question of patience, seeing the huge crowds lining up in front of the entrance and want to do the same.
If you go up San Marco Basilica’s loggia (this is where the horses duplicates are), I still think that late afternoon is the best time (Basilica and loggia close at 5 p.m.). You won’t get the best shots of the Piazza then, as the sun might be too low, but the colours of this part of the Basilica’s façade are just magnificent and gleam in the sun.
For Burano the best time again is late afternoon, as this will also bring out the colours in their full brightness.
Very early morning or late afternoon are the best times to go to San Michele. It gives the best atmosphere of this very much colourful cemetery island.
For all the other sights and sestiere walks it really does not matter when you go and take photos. But consider that some calles are very much narrow and can be quite darkish anytime of the day except noon. On the other hand, for some calles, darkish light creates just the best atmosphere.
The washing is on the line to dry
On the narrow roads in Venice, you can see a lot of lines with washing to dry.
From a window to another, over the street, there are many clothes on the line.
This is an old tradition in Italy and also in other Latin countries.
I think this is a sign for the openness of the people: when anybody shows his laundry to other people, he shows his soul to others.
A bag which you can carry at the front of you is a good idea when you are in crowded tourist areas Comfy shoes for climbing the bridges and cobbly streets Tons of film and space batteries I used the inside out guidebook for this trip.
I also used Lonely Planet Italy on several occasions.