51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

Colourful gondolas bobbing up and down in the canal. Ancient, rust-coloured buildings which look as though they have a story to tell lining narrow, winding streets. Yep, Venice is pretty much a blogger or photographer’s dream.

Recently, I went wandering the streets of Venice, armed with the new LGG4 phone to test its camera out for size. Turns out, Venice was the perfect subject. Here’s 51 photos which might help demonstrate just why this city is one of the most photogenic in the world.

Beautiful buildings 

In most cities, you find the quaint old town – but it’s usually contrasted by an ultra-modern centre (which could be anywhere in the world) and then flanked by sprawling industrial outskirts.

In Venice however, this just isn’t the case. The beautiful old buildings so distinctive of this city proudly line every twisting street, every unexpected square, every slinking waterway. Their rustic, endearingly tumble-down exteriors could inspire a thousand photographs.


51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

Venetian masks

Once you notice them, you won’t be able to stop spotting Venetian masks in low lit and mysterious shop windows and on bustling street stalls. The styles, shapes and patterns of these meticulously crafted and ornate painted masks vary, but each one is worth the gaze of your camera.

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

Hotel Excelsior

If you’re looking for pure Venetian glamour on your escape to the city, plump for the luxurious Hotel Excelsior on Venice Lido. The 15 minute water taxi ride away from mainland Venice makes it feel peaceful and more relaxing, and it has the double benefit of having a pool and being right on the beach. I couldn’t stop obsessing over the exotic, Moroccan-esque architecture.

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice 51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

Mysterious streets

Venice is a labyrinth, but it’s one place where I wouldn’t mind getting lost. It’s almost a pleasure to not know where you’re going – but to just trust and follow the alleyways which snake through the city with the vague hope that you’ll end up back in St. Mark’s Square.

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice


51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

Winding waterways

The Grand Canal in Venice is perhaps its crowning glory – lined as it is with classical buildings and crossed by the popular Rialto Bridge. Whether you choose to explore the waterways of Venice by gondola or just follow them by foot, they’re always picturesque.

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

Food, food, glorious food

Of course, the restaurants and cafes are fantastic in Venice (you are in Italy, after all). But what really gives you a flavour of local culture and the time-honoured traditions so celebrated here are the outdoor markets. The fish markets in particular are an experience in themselves; watch as local Venetians haggle over extra -terrestrial looking squid and squirming snails by the shovel-full.

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

La Biennale

La Biennale is a biannual arts, architecture and festival, celebrating a different theme each time since 1874. It’s a huge festival, with installations and exhibitions being featured all over the city. This year’s theme is “All the World’s Futures”, and there is so much thought-provoking and unique art to see.

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

51 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Venice

What is your favourite thing about Venice?

Amy Stewart

Amy is a freelance writer and travel blogger at Bambi Jane Travel. Originally from Edinburgh but now based in Vancouver, she’s been travelling the USA and Canada since December 2015 with her boyfriend Phil. She's forever planning her next adventure, and backpacking trips around Asia, Australia and New Zealand are all in the works. Bambi Jane Travel fuses Amy’s passions for travel and creative writing; she loves nothing more than trying to bring a new destination to life through prose (and taking pretty pictures to go with it). When she's not copywriting for clients or travelling the world, you'll find her with her nose in a book or drinking too much coffee (probably both at the same time). Oh, and she’s just finished her first novel!

SHOWHIDE Comments (7)
  1. Ahhhhh, I love in depth photo threads like this 🙂

    I’ve never been to Venice, it’s on ‘the list’ of course – one day I’ll make it there, hehe.

    Things you learn though – so much is made of the archipelago that I never actually knew it had a beach so close!

  2. I stayed at the Hotel Excelsior in June; it’s a great way of visiting Venice as you get a city break and a beach/pool holiday in one! The Lido is gorgeous and having your own zippy water taxis to get across the lagoon is amazing!

  3. ahhh..this reminds me! so wanted to visit venice this year. A wonderful JW Mariott had been scheduled to be opened – but was delayed. So i didn’t go. (Seeing the pictures of the hotel now i am glad i didn’t).

    Stilll really need to go next year. Having this romantic fantasy about taking the Orient Express from London and then spend 3 days in venice and another 3 on Lido 😀

    thx for remininding me!

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