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Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Europe, Italy, Latest Posts | 10 comments

Venice by night

 

Venice would have to be one of the most intriguing cities I have been to. I was fortunate to spend 4 days exploring this incredible city. Even though this was not long enough. One thing I really enjoyed about Venice was the atmosphere at night. Being there close to summer (June) the air was balmy and people congregated in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) to soak up the atmosphere. There are a number of restaurants in the square and there was a piano player and violinist playing classical music. People gathered for coffee and conversation from all over and strolled along the water’s edge in front of the Doge’s Palace. We admired San Marcos Basilica which looks even more beautiful at night as does much of Venice in my opinion. At the other end of the Piazza the Museo Correr was showing an exhibition of Klimt’s work during the day.

 

Doge’s Palace in Piazza San Marco

St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace

Along the shore looking out toward the glass-making island of Murano, gondolas bobbed up and down. Further along, the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute (the Basilica of St Mary of Health) with its intricate detail and large dome can be seen across the water. All the details of these old buildings really pop with the spot lighting against the darkness of night.

 

Gondolas

Basilica Santa Maria della Salute

 

In other parts of Venice the streets become tighter and quieter. At night, it can feel like a maze and there are spots quiet streets you can find where you can feel like you are the only person in Venice (which can be a relief compared to the day crowds). Wandering down the many tight streets of Venice, quiet cafes and restaurants can be discovered and have that intimate charm not found in the busy Piazzas or main canal. Then, the streets lead back to the small bridges and canals to reveal couples and families taking gondolas through the rest of the city.

Secluded restaurant

Quiet Venice street

Gondola

 

Over at the Rialto Bridge and main canal, the buzz of conversation and laughter returns. The main canal is full of brightly lit boats as are the restaurants. Jen and I enjoyed just hanging out and people watching from the bridge.

 

Main canal from Rialto Bridge

Main canal from the other side of the Rialto Bridge

There are so many things to love about Venice and at night it becomes an even more magical place.

Tell me what you love most about Venice or you own city at night.

10 Comments

  1. Wow, these are gorgeous images of Venice!

    Everything in the city exudes romance, mystery, it’s almost as if you’re in a completely different world!

    There is nothing like going on a gondola ride and wandering the alleys!

    My favorite place in Venice is definitely St-Marks Square 😉

    • Thanks K! I love just exploring every nook and cranny not knowing where the streets will lead you. St Mark’s square has such a great vibe, like stepping back in time

  2. Incredible photos Ardun. My favourite is the blue gondolas. Spectacular. Were 4 days enough for you to explore Venice? I absolutely agree, Venice is amazing at night ;-). I’m planning to go there as well but don’t know when.

    • Thanks Agness! Four days was enough to see everything but you know I would love to have stayed longer. There is so much to explore 🙂

  3. Love your night pictures. I visited the city last week and experienced a record Acqua Alta. This was quite spectacular & scary at the same time. Have you visited other Lagoon islands as well? My favourite one is Burano (40 minutes with a vaporetto)

    • Wow Anita! Im so jealous, that would have been a one in a lifetime experience. I only had the chance to see glass blowing on Murano. Maybe next time 😉 Did you visit all the islands?

  4. Very pretty pictures! Well done 🙂

    And Venice is an amazing place, don’t you think? 😉

    • Thanks Miret, I love Venice! Such a beautiful place and such rich history. I’d go back in a heartbeat 🙂

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