As mentioned earlier this year, I spent a week in Venice in January. My very first time and what a shock when you walk out of the plane into a speedboat that drops you at your hotel’s door step! The only airport-city ride I have ever made that is beautiful with no traffic except boats crossing! Entering Venice is diving into another world at a different pace. The whole city is beautiful and mysterious at the same time… with little streets and old buildings which have a secret story to tell. The Grand Canal is mesmerizing, and despite the constant traffic, it is the quietest main avenue I have ever been. No matter how often you take the vaporetto (water bus) on the Grand Canal, you remain in awe when passing by the beautiful and run down Palazzos all along the journey.
Then you get to St Mark’s Square and get to see for yourself the iconic Venice with its Campanile (bell tower) and Basilic, the blue gondolas with San Giorgio Maggiore in the background, the Doge’s Palace with the famous Bridge of Sighs. The Rialto Bridge, then the wooden Accademia bridge above the Grand Canal with a scenic view on the church Santa Maria della Salute…
Then there is the Art scene which is spectacular with museums with amazing collections and just to name a few: the 18th Century Venice museum in the Ca’ Rezzonico palace, the Gothic Church Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Peggy Guggenheim collection of modern art in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, the contemporary art collection of Mr. Pinault in the revamped the old building housing the sea customs post, Punta della Dogana, the Correr Museum and the Doge’s Palace, and so on…not enough time to do them all though!
Venice was great to photograph with its interesting architecture. However no matter how hard you try, it is almost impossible to get lines that match your camera grid as nothing is aligned in this urban landscape!
Then a trip to Burano island in the northern part of the lagoon is very well worth the 40-min vaporetto journey. It is known for lace making and its colourful houses, not to mention its church with its leaning bell tower. “By 2 meters!” I was told by a old lady whilst walking in the streets. Laundry is drying outside everywhere. At almost each window you find flowers pots and a broom at each door step!
Finally one needs to get lost and wander to discover the secret Venice, its living legends, architecture and craftmanship from mask, costume, shoe and instrument makers to ceramists…I have been told that either Venice rejects you or you fall in love with Her. I hope the latter for you too and get this wave of wanderlust to visit The “Sérénissime”!
Becasue there was so much to do and see, the next post itself is dedicated to fresh food at the Rialto Mercato!
Note: The photo workshop was organized by Inspiring Photography – specialized in landscape photography.