PHOTOGRAPHING VENICE: THE CITY
The May-September tour begins around 5pm in St Mark’s Square.
We’ll meet at the exit of the Doges’ Palace, along the Riva degli Schiavoni, when the light begins to soften and the crowds drift away…
We’ll take the vaporetto, or public waterbus, one stop across St Mark’s Bay to St Giorgio Maggiore Island.
Here we will use the belfry of the 18th century Bell Tower (conveniently provided with an elevator) to capture spectacular bird’s eye views of the urban and natural landscape: water, sky, ships, clouds, and waves; the exceptional and bizarre architectures all around us, and an atmosphere that changes almost minute by minute.
A super zoom could be ideal to catch instead details such as statues, lanterns and domes silhouetted against the sky on the surrounding buildings, the church, and its pristine cloisters, or further away, on Santa Maria della Salute and the Dogana building at the entrance to the Grand Canal, with views across Murano, even spotting Burano on the northern horizon.
As we leave San Giorgio, the waterbus will navigate along the Giudecca Canal to Dorsoduro and the Zattere promenade, that, in the evening light, will reveal its gems: solitary canals reflecting boats, bridges and colorful facades, unexpected gardens inhabited by cats and statues adding a refreshing touch of green to your photo album.
As light begins to fade, we will devote a few final shots to food, drinks, and people, catching a glimpse on the local habit of pre-dinner socializing for a glass of wine and cicheti (fingerfood).
During this tour, our photographer will always be on hand to offer her/his experience and technical skills to ensure you capture the best possible image. They will also guide you effortlessly in and out the city’s incomparable maze of streets and canals, giving you the insider’s view on this infinitely photogenic city.
- Bird’s eye view from the top of St George Bell Tower
- Navigation along thr Giudecca Canal
- Dorsoduro, Zattere, perspectives, hidden corners and gardens
- People shots to capture in images the essence of local lifestyle
PHOTOGRAPHING VENICE: THE CITY
Venetian painters of the Renaissance, such as Vittore Carpaccio and Gentile Bellini ‘photographed’ La Serenissima’s glorious architectures with a sense of national pride for the opulence and beauty of their city, that was then one of the greatest and richest metropolises in Europe.
Their eye also lingers on natural elements, such as the canals and the lagoon itself, and of course boats and people are also described up to the detail. Later, during the 18th century, Venetian painting enjoyed a revival of interest for the depiction of the city.
The mood is totally different though, as the vedute (views) of Venice were mostly painted with an eye for the picturesque, for foreign visitors mesmerized by the beauty of the city, its people and everyday life.
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
- This tour lasts appr. 3 hours
- Cost : from 295 Euros (depending on participants’ number)