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Venice is a photographer’s paradise. With its maze of canals, its colorful, crumbling facades, and gondolas silently drifting through the city, it’s hard to leave Venice without a memory card full of beautiful images.

Our Second Visit to Italy

So far, we have visited Italy twice. The first time was on a one year trip around the world in 2014. We started our big adventure with 3 weeks in Italy and what a great starting point!

Our main purpose for visiting Italy the second time around (in 2017) was to race Ironman Italy. It was my turn to do an Ironman triathlon and I picked Italy. There’s no better place in the world to carb-load prior to a big race, right?

The photos in this post were taken our two prior trips to Italy. There is a good chance that we will have new photos to add to this post later this year…we plan to visit Italy again in 2022.

Julie Rivenbark

Julie in Venice

 

From the US we flew into Venice, one of the closest cities to the race location (Cervia, Italy). Tim and I couldn’t resist spending one day in Venice…one wonderful day just to walk around, enjoy the food, and explore the canals.

Tim in Venice

Tim and I arrived in Venice on a red-eye flight from the US on a Wednesday morning. After checking into our hotel, the Hotel Olimpia, we had the afternoon and evening to go off and explore. With only a few hours of sleep on the airplane, both of us were jet-lagged and groggy, but there’s something about walking around in the bright sunshine at a gorgeous location that is rejuvenating.

20 Photos of Venice Italy

So, what do you do if it is your second time in Venice?

Whatever your heart desires. For Tim and I, that meant no museums, no waiting in lines, no must-see sights to check off the list. We just wanted to wander the canals at a leisurely pace and explore corners of Venice we never saw the first time around.

Here are our favorite photos from Venice. Enjoy!!

Love this View

Taking in the view from Ponte dell’Accademia.

 

Gondolas

Gondolas bobbing in Canale di San Marco.

 

Walking through Venice

Looking down Rio de L’Anzolo Rafael.

 

View from Gondola

Gondolas outside of Hotel Marconi on the Grand Canal.

 

In Venice

Cruising by gondola down Rio de la Fava.

 

 

Bridge of Sighs in black and white

The Bridge of Sighs in black and white.

 

Bevilacqua

In Venice, you can explore the canals, but there is also a maze of interesting city streets to wander through.

 

Canal with Gondolas

We were here in September on a very busy day. Some of the canals became a traffic jam of gondolas.

 

St Marks Basilica

The ornate decorations of St. Mark’s Basilica.

 

Gondolas in the Canal

Cruising under a bridge by gondola.

 

Just Gorgeous

The view from the Rialto Bridge.

 

View from Campanile

The view from the Campanile.

 

Beautiful Venice

Love these views of the canals of Venice. Around every corner is another view that makes you say “Wow!”

 

Venice Church

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

 

Venice Boat

What is it about the decay and colors that makes Venice so beautiful?

 

Venice Gondolas

Gondolas on Canale di San Marco.

 

The view from the Bridge of Sighs.

 

View from Rialto Bridge

The view from the Rialto Bridge.

 

Gondolas Grand Canal

Gondolas on the Grand Canal.

 

Grand Canal Venice

And finally, my favorite view of Venice. Looking out at the Grand Canal from Pont dell’Accademia at night. Magical!

Going to Venice? Find the best places to stay in our post:

Where to Stay in Venice: Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Your Budget


More Information for Your Trip to Italy:

Planning a trip to Italy? Read all of our articles in our Italy Travel Guide.

 

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    Pilot Mark

    Venice is a postcard-perfect city, the perfect romantic destination. It´s such a shame its one of the places that´s endangered by the threats of global warming and rising sea levels. Best to enjoy it while we can. Thanks for sharing!

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      Julie

      It’s a magical place to visit, whether it’s your first, second, or even third time here. There’s just something about Venice…

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    Colin

    The first timeI visited Venice it was a magical and unique experience as there really is no place like it in the world. The second time I visited the first-time varnish had eroded somewhat and I started noticing the decay and the tourism hell-hole that it can be in places. You really have to wander off the beaten path for some peace and quiet.

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      Julie

      Yes, the tourist crowds can be maddening, especially around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. While those are places everyone must see, wandering away from the busier areas is wonderful. Cheers, Julie

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