The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, until the Napoleonic occupation of the city in 1797. It is now part of the Venetian museums network, as well as one of the main landmarks of the city. If you are going to visit Venice you will probably walk to St. Mark’s square where it has been built. There are many ways to photograph this gothic palace, both from the “Piazzetta” and from “Riva degli Schiavoni”. In the picture above I went for a symmetrical upward view of the Doge’s Palace, so to hide the people walking across and to emphasize the majesty and solitude of the building.
Location: Saint Mark’s Square, Venice.
What to shot: The Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square and the Old Procuracies, the Bridge of Sighs, San Giorgio Maggiore’s island and a lot of street life with tourists, gondoliers and many gondolas.
Ideal time to shot: Sunrise, night.
Gear: Wide angles, standard zooms.
How to get there: Public transport water bus stations S. Marco S. Zaccaria (line 1, 2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2).
Coordinates: 45°26′00″N 12°20′25″E