Shot from the waterfront at Piazza San Marco overlooking the San Giorgio Maggiore just as the sun was setting and catching the “fero da prova” on the gondolas. Probably the most photographed location but it has to be done.
The only time that you can photograph St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) when it isn't full of tourists is first thing in the morning or late at night. But you can't beat the pigeons to it! These 2 images were shot before sunrise at about 6:30am.
The Grand Canal with the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the distance, shot from the Ponte dell'Accademia shortly after sunrise
The Ponte dell'Accademia is one of only 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal and leads you to the Dorsoduro sestiere from the San Marco sestiere. The wooden Ponte dell’Accademia was built in 1933 as a temporary replacement for an 1854 iron bridge, but this bridge remains a permanent fixture to this day.
The Ponte dei Sospiri (The Bride of Sighs) that crosses over the Rio di Palazzo to the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) from the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. Photographed just before sunrise when the viewpoint is not packed with tourists!
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