You have one night in Venice to spend, a camera with you but no tripod. So what do you do? Well, I chose to take a lot of photos from bridge railings or the ground like here. Not only does that give me opportunity to take HDR shots at night, it also gives me this perfect vantage point. And Venice is just great for that as the water is so calm in the night that it gives you perfect reflections.
As you probably know, cars are a very rare thing in Venice. So instead you take these luxury gondolas to get from A to B. Just kidding, it’s obviously used more as a tourist rip off, but anyways, without them Venice wouldn’t be the way we know it.
Saint Mark’s Basilica has a nickname: Chiesa d’Oro – Church of gold. And I think with this photo you can get a good idea how that nickname developed.
The Grand Canal is so to say the main road of Venice. It starts on the railway station and goes south to the St. Mark’s Square. For that way you can also take the “bus”, it takes you more or less one hour for that 4km trip. If you happen to be in Venice I recommend you to go at least one way with that bus. You’ll have a good sightseeing for a fair price, and it’s great to see Venice from a perspective from the water.
When you’re in Venice, I know you want to visit the Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco). Do yourself a favor and book a ticket online first. It costs you as little as a single Euro and you can skip the waiting queue immediately. And for those who haven’t been there yet: The queue is more than 100m long. But if you choose to wait at least you have the time to marvel at the beauty of the basilica from outside… and that’s where this shot was taken.