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Best views in Venice for awesome photos!
Venice may just be one of the most photographable (and yes instagrammable) cities in the world, but there are some really special places which offer some of the best views in Venice. Some high up in the sky, some on the ground and most of these are free! If you want to experience the best of Venice, the best views and the best spots for instagram this post will help. Make sure to bookmark these spots on Google Maps before you start.
1. Ponte dell’Accademia
There are 4 bridges which cross the Grand Canal in Venice, and each one offers it’s own unique and stunning views. But I think the Ponte dell’Accademia offers one of the best views in Venice along the Grand Canal. This bridge was built in the mid 19th Century and is the southern most of the four bridges.
Head here near sunset, to watch the colours changing in the sky. Stunning.
30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice | Map
2. The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Suspiri)
The most famous place in which to take a photo of the Bridge of Sighs is from the Ponte della Paglia (the one facing the Bridge of Sighs nearest the waterfront). However, there are some other stunning locations from which to get a great shot of this famous bridge.
Firstly, head over the Ponte della Paglia and down along the covered walk way – there is a fab ledge from which you can stand or sit to get a photo of you with the Bridge of Sighs.
The second great place to take a photo of this bridge is from the bridge on the other side, from here you can see the Bridge of Sighs, the Ponte della Paglia and then out to the lagoon, offering a really beautiful perspective.
Finally, the view looking out from crossing the Bridge of Sigh’s itself, this trip is included in the ticket price when you visit the Doge’s Palace. From this perspective, you can look through the outlines of the bridge to the lagoon and beyond. Just as the prisoners crossing it would have seen.
Piazza San Marco, 1, 30100 Venezia VE | Map
3. San Marco (Vallaresso)
One of my favourite photos of Venice was taken from this spot. This is not a named location in itself, but it offers a fantastic, uninterrupted view of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute which is surprisingly hard to find in Venice.
It is right next to a ferry terminal, and also a Gondola ride point and so you will often get a good shot with the famous gondola’s in as well.
30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice | Map
4. Rialto Bridge
It is a classic view in Venice, and one which is synonymous with the city. The views while on the bridge across the canal are pretty, but one of the best views of the bridge can be found from the little pier just off the side of the canal.
Alternatively, hire a gondola and try and line yourself up as you pass under the bridge.
Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE | Map
5. The dock behind Hotel San Moisé
This spot is very well known from instagram photos, but is actually surprisingly hard to find and in a fairly nondescript place. You will see a sign for the hotel San Moisé from the main street of shoppings, turn left and walk all the way to end. On your right you will see the canal and the now famous dock.
It is often used for loading, building work and other boats so it is not always clear. But you are patient you will get the perfect shot of the canal and if you wait long enough, and a gondola will also pass!
Piscina S. Moise, 2036, Metropolitan City of Venice | Map
6. Riva degli Schiavoni (San Marco Waterfront)
All the way along the waterfront offers some of the best views in Venice. The iconic scenes of the gondolas lined up, along the edge of the lagoon. But this particular spot, you can capture a perfect view of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in the distance. This is definitely one of the most beautiful views in Venice.
30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy | Map
7. Libreria Acqua Alta
Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 5176b, 30122 Venezia VE | Map
8. t fondaco Rooftop Terrace
San Marco, 5541, 30124 Venezia VE | Map
9. Ponte de Chiodo
There used to be hundreds of bridges crossing canals in Venice without a handrail. Now there are only 2 remaining. One is on Torcello Island and the other is this one the Ponte de Chiodo (other wise know as the Bridge of Nails). It leads into a private property, so you can’t exactly cross it but it’s funny how vulnerable it does feel standing on it! If you only have a couple of days in Venice it might not be worth searching out but it was definitely fun to see!
30100 Rio di san Felice, Metropolitan City of Venice | Map
10. All the back alleys, streets, canals and bridges
Looking for some of the best views in Venice? It isn’t hard put the phone and the map away and wander! This entire city is beautiful and with each turn you will find another street or bridge view to fall in love with. Venice is made up of 118 islands, all connected by the warren of bridges. You will not be short of places to be stunned by! Even on the busiest of days, there is always somewhere to lose the crowd.
Have you been to Venice? Is there anywhere else you would add to this list?
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