For more information on Venice and Burano: what to do and how to get there make sure to check out the following blogposts!
1. Scala Contarini del Bovolo
How to get there – You can find this hidden gem in a little side street right next to Campo Manin. On the wall there will be a little sign that will lead you right to it
When to go – It opens at 10 am and so far isn’t that well known with tourists but still make sure you are there 15 minutes before opening time so you can run up those stairs to take your photo. You need a photographer here that stays outside first in the garden
What to wear – I would definitely opt for a hat here. You can find these typical gondolier hats in a shop underneath the Rialto bridge! Or you can find a similar one here.
2. Libreria Acqua Alta
How to get there – This little shop is located in Castello on the Calle Longa S. Maria Formosa
When to go – You don’t need to be here as soon as the store opens. It’s a popular Instagram place but everyone just waits and takes turns to take photos on the famous stair of books
What to wear – You can shop my red sequinned dress here.
3. Piazza San Marco
How to get there – This one is easy, just follow the gazillion street signs if you’re on foot. Or you can go the glamorous way and arrive by water taxi.
When to go – Prepare to wake up early and be there at sunrise, otherwise don’t even bother cause once it’s 8am this place is crawling with people
What to wear – You can shop my silver sequinned dress here.
4. Ponte Chiodo
How to get there – It is located in Cannaregio, just google 3749 Ponte Chiodo and the location will show up on maps.
When to go – Cannaregio is a more quiet area so feel free to visit this place whenever it fits in your schedule.
What to wear – I would go for a long dress that you can drape over the bridge.
5. Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
How to get there – It’s located in Dorsoduro so either take a water taxi to the other side of the Canale Grande or you can walk across the Accademia bridge.
When to go – This place is way less crowded so you can visit just during the day.
How to get there – Take Vaporetto number 12 starting from Fondamenta Nove
When to go – As early morning as possible since Burano already tends to get busy around 9am!
What to wear – Don’t blend in with all these coloured houses and stand out in white!
7. Canale Grande
How to get there – Follow the street signs towards Rialto Bridge, from there you can even choose which bank although the one on the other side of San Marco is way less crowded.
When to go – Make sure to include an evening walk when all the buildings are lit up
What to wear – A flowy skirt and jacket if it gets cold in the evening
8. House of Tintoretto
How to get there – Located in Cannaregio close to the Boscolo Hotel
When to go – You can go whenever through the day since it doesn’t tend to get crowded here.
What to wear – Tintoretto was a famous painter so choose something colourful!
9. The gondola’s at San Marco
How to get there – These gondola’s are located at the Canale Grande.
When to go – Go early morning, otherwise the place will be swarmed with tourists.
10. Cafe Florian
How to get there – Cafe Florian is one of the most famous cafe’s in entire Venice. It’s located on the San Marco Square so you basically can’t miss it :).
When to go – It depends on the kind of photo that you want actually 🙂 If you want it to look like you’re having a coffee you will have to wait until they open at 10am. But be prepared to pay a lot of money for just 1 coffee! If you want a photo like I did you can just go between 7am and 8am when they are setting up everything. Make sure to not disturb the people that are working and ask for permission!
11. The hidden pier
How to get there – There’s a reasoning to me not adding Google Maps Links in this post for once. Mainly because they tend to not work properly in Venice! The easiest way to reach this spot is to walk to the Calle Largo from San Marco Square and stop in front of the enormous Gucci store. Across from said store, you’ll see a small alley. Make your way through the alley and turn right at the end. You’ll see the small pier on your left :).
When to go – This place is rather unknown with tourists so pretty quiet. But however the bridges behind it are not! So if you don’t want 30 people constantly crossing the bridge in your photo, make sure to go between 8am and 9am.
12. Bridge of Sighs
How to get there – Most likely one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. The Bridge of Sighs can be found behind the San Marco Square. This photo was taken two bridges away from the actual bridge.
Tip – The bridge next to the Canale Grande is already crowded at 7am.
When to go – Go between 7am and 8am
How to get there – SuSo is THE gelateria in Venice that you absolutely can’t miss! It’s located near the Rialto Bridge and has some of the most original and yummie flavours! The bridge in my photo is only 10 meters away from the ice cream shop!
When to go – If you can go at opening time. Ain’t nothing wrong with having ice cream for breakfast ;).
14. Rialto Bridge
How to get there – Besides San Marco this spot is the most crowded place in entire Venice! However if you cross the bridge and go to the right you can find some corners and piers where it’s way less crowded!
When to go – Go early morning nevertheless. Once 10am it’s pretty impossible to get a decent photo.
15. A gondola ride on the canals
How to get there – You can pretty much find a gondolier on every street corner in Venice. Do know that during the evening the price is almost double! They will always try to up the price by saying you can also go underneath the Rialto Bridge but to me honestly that isn’t worth it. The price for 40 minutes should be €85
When to go – I did this in the afternoon when it was too crowded to roam around the streets of Venice.
What gear do I use for taking my photos?
It’s a question I get asked a lot and below you can find the exact camera and lenses that I use to create my dreamy photos.
Where to stay in Venice
Grand Hotel Dei Dogi, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection – Formerly known as a Boscolo hotel. This one is located a short walk from all the main attractions and has the feeling of a Venetian Palace!
Palazzo Daponte – A stunning room in the heart of Venice including a private balcony overlooking the canals!