Bird’s eye view of Venice

Grand Canal and Punta della Dogana
Grand Canal and Punta della Dogana

“The best view of Venice!” That’s what a friend of mine said speaking about the photographic spot I am going to share with you this week.

It is difficult to take pictures of the most famous places in the world and to be original while doing it, but looking for different points of view may really help. The Campanile of San Giorgio Maggiore has been recently opened to the public. It is less crowded and cheaper than the more known Campanile of St Mark and offers some of the best aerial views of Venice.

Location: The Campanile of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.

What to shot: From the top of the building you will enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree panorama of Venice’s skyline and lagoon, with a gorgeous view of St Mark’s square, Punta della Dogana, and the Grand Canal.

Ideal time to shot: Check the opening hours and prices here and try to be there at sunset but anytime during the day will be worthy.

Gear: Anything from wide angles to teles, it really depends on what you have in mind for your pictures.

How to get there: Public transport water bus stations S. Giorgio (line 2).

Coordinates: 45°25′45″N 12°20′35″E

With this entry I also partecipate to the WPC “shadowed“.

41 thoughts on “Bird’s eye view of Venice

  1. Your photos always give me huge pleasure: the sharpness, the detail, the light – and of course the subject. I feel like hopping on a water bus right now, but I’m on the other side of the world.

  2. I would love to see Venice in person and I usually run when I hear the word ‘city’. Some places were meant to see and I do believe Venice is one of them.

    1. I totally agree, cities are scaring places sometimes! 😉 I’d suggest you to come in November, really the quitest period if you like foggy days, or early in springtime, with the best climate! 😉

  3. We went up in October in glorious sunshine. It would be nice if they allowed night access. It is the most amazing vantage point. Thank heavens for the lift!

    1. Yes Andrew, the lift really is a manna! 🙂 Operating hours have been expanded to 6 pm, so in winter you can go for an almost night shot (if you don’t freeze cold while photographing up there!) 😉

  4. Superb photograph Brubio. It is difficult to be original when photographing world famous views, yet your consistency in capturing Venice at its best is originality in itself. Congratulations again.

    1. Hey Ingo, of course you have to visit Venice! You can also take advantage of the direct train from Munich to Venice, I use to travel with it often, at least to Sudtirol. 😉
      I looked at your site and was mesmerized.. you took an amazing picture of endotracheal tubes.. and they look gorgeous! Never thought about them as a subject for a picture, even if I use them every day at work since I am an anesthesiologist! 😉 Excellent job

    1. Of course it is.. well, not when you are in a rush to go to work, or you carry the heavy bags from the super-market! 😉 But you are right, it really is gorgeous and make you feel on holiday most of the time! 😉 Ciao

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