“Ahhh, Venice”

Venice, Italy. June 2018. (10 photos)

This is Part 1 of my Italy 2018 photo series, and also Part 8 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

After about 3 weeks in France, visiting Paris and the Loire Valley, I flew off to Venice, Italy. There, I stayed in a boutique hotel housed in a 14th century palace, a former residence of a noble Venetian family, in the Dorsoduro district. I’m told that the canal my hotel was located on was the one into which Katharine Hepburn fell in the 1950s movie β€œSummertime” directed by David Lean. Lean’s other movies included Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago and Great Expectations, but not Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, from which the title for this post series comes.

Above is the view to Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore from the wharves near Piazza San Marco.

“Venetian light”

One day I caught the vaporetto out to Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore. The view from the Bell Tower of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore looking back toward Venice was impressive, particularly due to those clouds and that light. Looking at that sky I was convinced there was going to be a massive downpour of rain but it didn’t eventuate.

“Lost in Venice”

It is so very easy to get lost in Venice. I wandered around for hours without referencing my offline map app on my phone. So many canals, bridges and dead-end streets.

“Venetian Blinds”

Fortunately the blinds were up so I got a good shot of this group, somewhere in the Castello District.

“X never ever marks the spot”

…Indiana Jones.

The view down on Piazza San Marco and Venice from the Campanile di San Marco.

“I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees, and the birds in the sky”

…Dr Henry Jones.

“Only the penitent man will pass”

…Indiana Jones.

“Venetian life”

Somewhere in the Castello District.

“Still lost in Venice”

“An evening at Piazza San Marco”

There was a particularly high tide that evening. I stood in amazement as the drainage grilles throughout Piazza San Marco started to backwash then flood and the pools of water started to coalesce. I got this shot in before quickly moving to drier ground.

This is Part 1 of my Italy 2018 photo series.
This is Part 8 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Ahhh, Venice (1)


75 thoughts on “Ahhh, Venice (1)

  1. Venice is said to be the most beautiful city in the world. I don’t know when I will be able to visit it, so thank you for this series of yours with such fantastic photos of it.

    • It’s my pleasure to show you some of this beautiful city. The architecture is beautiful. The maze of streets intriguing. The canals and gondolas are so very much “Venice”.

  2. Absolutely glorious shots, Lignum. One of the book series I greatly enjoy is the Donna Leon Commissario Guido Brunetti series set in Venice. I love being able to get better pictures in my mind of the city where he lives and works. Thanks for that and for beautifying my morning.


  3. Lovely photos again. I like the washing and the flooding Piazza in the evening. Very lucky with the light in San Giorgio Maggiore; that’s come out very nice. I notice that you got one of the awfully big cruise ships there.

    • Thank you. That light was amazing and I’m lucky I had a high vantage point at the time. Also I went before the peak tourist season. I don’t know how many cruise ships Venice can accomodate at one time.

  4. There are lots of lovely places but Venice is unique. Hard to get tired of looking at her. Your view from the tower is superb but that last is a stunner, Draco. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ My daughter was marooned at a masked ball one Aqua Alta. There are worse places!

  5. Only had a day trip here, but enjoyed very much getting lost in Venice. Love those roof tiles! And your washing photo, I was taken aback as I am sure I photographed a very similar scene in what looks like the same place.

  6. I’ve never been but my grandson and I started a jigsaw puzzle this week of Venice so your timing is perfect! What a gorgeous city. Again, thanks for always sharing your experiences in your blog!

  7. Venice still has got a lot of that back in the day charm. The dead end streets must be surprising…but in a way not really for a place that is quite dense in terms of housing. Good job with staying dry.

    • Venice is intriguing and the apparently haphazard layout of the streets, street numbering and numerous dead ends just seems so natural for the city. So many times I’d walk a narrow lane/street just to end up at a blind spot or at a canal with no obvious way to cross it.

  8. Heide says:

    What a brilliant idea to pair your images with Indiana Jones quotes! So many gorgeous shots here, but the one I especially love is “Venetian blinds.” There is something so authentic and unguarded about that moment β€” it’s a side of the city most tourists miss. But really, all of your work is beautiful.

  9. Venice,Venice …

    I STOOD in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;
    A palace and a prison on each hand:
    I saw from out the wave her structures rise
    As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand;
    A thousand years their cloudy wings expand 5
    Around me, and a dying glory smiles
    O’er the far times when many a subject land
    Looked to the wingΓ©d’s Lion’s marble piles,
    Where Venice sate in state, throned on her hundred isles …

    Lord Byron exalted her beauty in verses,you glorified her with your stunning photos πŸ™‚

  10. Lignum, I am so enjoying your European travels and particularly these Venice images having been there last October. They capture the wonder and beauty of the city so perfectly. I agree that the best thing to do is drop the guide book and just wander. Warm wishes…Andrew

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