Sunrise over San Giorgio Maggiore

San Giorgio Maggiore
San Giorgio Maggiore

Venice Photography Tip: if you are looking for a good spot to shoot at the lagoon of Venice and one of its most beautiful islands, San Giorgio Maggiore, you can go to the “Riva degli Schiavoni”, right next to Saint Mark’s Square. The foreground is rich of distinctive elements of Venice, such as gondolas, poles and lampposts, which you can include in your frame, or just ignore to focus on the background, as I did in the picture above. In front of the church is still visible the temporary installation “The Sky Over Nine Columns“, in one of its last days in Venice.

Wish you all a happy new year 2015! 😉

Location: St. Mark’s Square, Venice.

What to shot: San Giorgio Maggiore.

Ideal time to shot: Late afternoon or early night, when the lights start to shine and the sky still has some of his brightness.

Gear: Wide angles to standars 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

24 thoughts on “Sunrise over San Giorgio Maggiore

    1. Thanks allentim! 😉 Yes, I really like both of them; it’s always impressive how colors may change as the sun rises or sets down! Wish you a gorgeous 2015!

    1. Thanks Shikha! I will of course take advantage of your blog and your travel experiences! I’m going to visit New York in April, so I am sure I will find some inspirations through your posts! Wish you a 2015 full of travels and occasions!

  1. How do you manage to eradicate crowds from your photos of Venice? That’s as miraculous as your wizardry with light. I hope you celebrate the New Year pellucidly, and that 2015 suits you perfectly. Thank you for the pleasures you have given me in 2014.

    1. Thank you so much Meg! Sometimes I have to wake up very early, sometimes I use graduated filters to lengthen the exposures, other times, as in this case, I just look for the most isolated pier and set my tripod there waiting for the best moment to shot! 😉 I wish you all the best for a terrific 2015 both at Potato Point and in Poland! 😉

  2. Happy 2015! We hope to visit Padua/Venice in early March. Hmmm, do people actually kayak in Venice proper…? Not hoping for a paddling trip; but the advice you offer re photography (and places, transport, etc.) throughout your blog will certainly be useful and very much appreciated! All the best to you, your friends, and family for a happy and healthy New Year. 🙂 Jean & Alex

    1. Hi Jean and Alex! Thank you so much for your comments, always so appreciated! 😉 Actually I have been doing kayak for about 8 years here in Venice as my favourite sport! But there are really just a few chances to rent a kayak for “tourism”, even if it is getting more popular in the very last years. One of the possibility is to go to the small island “La Certosa” and rent them at, or you can find a rental just next Rialto Bridge at
      Hope it may help you to discover a really really unusual Venice in your next trip, and not too crowdy of course 😉 All the best for your 2015!

      1. Oooh, thank you! We will definitely investigate these. Wondering how the water quality is there, generally? Do you favorite paddling routes and destinations? How do gondoliers and kayakers get along? We will look also for nautical charts. This is so exciting!! 🙂

  3. Beautiful photography. I’m looking forward to reading more posts in 2015. Happy New Year.

    1. Vero, e non sono molti i posti a Venezia dove l’occhio può spaziare a Venezia. E’ bello perdersi tra calli e campielli, ma anche godere di alcune splendide ed ampie vedute tra una calletta e l’altra. Complimenti per il lavoro che stai facendo con il tuo blog Fiorella!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: