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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

Our main purpose for visiting Italy this time around was 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?

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!!

Taking in the view from Pont dell’Accademia.

Love this View


Gondolas bobbing in Canale di San Marco.



Looking down Rio de L’Anzolo Rafael.

Walking through Venice


Gondolas outside of Hotel Marconi on the Grand Canal.

View from Gondola


Cruising by gondola down Rio de la Fava.

In Venice


The Bridge of Sighs in black and white.

Bridge of Sighs in black and white


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



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

Canal with Gondolas


The ornate decorations of St. Mark’s Basilica.

St Marks Basilica


Cruising under a bridge by gondola.

Gondolas in the Canal


The view from the Rialto Bridge.

Just Gorgeous


The view from the Campanile.

View from Campanile


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

Beautiful Venice


Campo Santa Maria Formosa

Venice Church


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

Venice Boat


Gondolas on Canale di San Marco.

Venice Gondolas


The view from the Bridge of Sighs.


The view from the Rialto Bridge.

View from Rialto Bridge


Gondolas on the Grand Canal.

Gondolas Grand Canal


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

Grand Canal Venice

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

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

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

  2. 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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      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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