GUEST POST OVERVIEW: High on my “return to” list is the canal-filled city of Venice, Italy. I was last there in high school on a class trip and would love to experience it again through the eyes of an adult. In the mean time, I have this week’s guest post from Aleix to get me ready.


“I remember the first time I got to Venice, Italy. I got off the train at Santa Lucia station and as I got out of the station, I was gobsmacked. It’s quite honestly a feeling that I will never forget and one that cannot be explained with words, it’s an unforgettable feeling that can only be understood if one does the same thing.

The canals, the vaporettos, the buildings, the gondolas… everything is just, quite simply, astounding. If you’re a photography fan and have never been to the City of the Canals, you must rent Venice apartments at once and go and take some of the most beautiful photographs that you can take on Planet Earth today.

image00Everyone can picture Venice in their mind, but every picture is different. One of the most beautiful pictures that one can take is from the Rialto Bridge, overlooking the Grand Canal. Looking south of the bridge, the view of the bending canal is simply astounding, made even better by the different color buildings that line up along it and the drifting gondolas and vaporettos that go under it.

The bridge is quite busy all day long so if you want to get the best picture out of it, do so when the sun is rising or going down, since the mixture of colors in the photograph of the sky’s orange and pale blue, the buildings and the canal will make it a true postcard photograph.

If we head to the Dorsoduro, on the eastern tip of this part of Venice we can find the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. However, the church is not the main photographic attention here but rather the landscape ahead. Here you can see the open sea and on the left side, the curve of buildings of San Marco, curving all the way as far as you can see.

Also, since this is a bit more open sea, the waves can get a bit rough at times, making it a beautiful picture. If you’re lucky enough to be experiencing a storm in Venice, this point is ideal for a photograph.

4074771391_75dd79ab5c_z-400x600On your way back from the Basilica to the centre of the Dorsoduro, make sure you go back via Fondamenta Ospedaleto, a small canal which is one of the most picturesque in the city, with different colour buildings on either side with the clothes hanging from them, a truly beautiful side of Venice, Italy, that’s so far away from the crowds of San Marco and San Polo.

A short vaporetto trip from Castello takes us to the island of Murano, to the north of Venice, famous for its glass makers. Again, this takes us away from the busy centre and to a much more calm area, with small canals and bridges making it into some sort of smaller Venice. The different bright colors that paint the landscape make a photograph of Murano an incredible one, a collage of different shades of light, ideal once more if taken during sunset or sunrise.

And, lastly, for a more intimate photograph, get up early in the morning, with the first rays of sun, and venture through the quiet streets of San Marco, before all the tourists arrive. There you can find some small canals and narrow streets that not only will give you a feeling of peace and calm but also the sound of the water will give you that feeling of happiness every time you look at that photograph.

Renting apartments in Venice is just an unforgettable experience. The City of the Canals has plenty to offer to the photography fan and to everyone in general. Nowhere else in the world is more magical than Venice.”


Gondola Front: DailyNotes


About the Author: Aleix Gwilliam is a 24 year old from Barcelona who looks English but thinks like a Catalan. He enjoys travelling, especially on old Czech trains, and trying to start conversations in Hungarian with people at Pecs station, even though his Hungarian is as good as his Bulgarian, in other words, not very good. He’s a trier.