Today, after my post on my favourite places in Puglia and my post on Borgo Marinari in Naples, I would like to take you with me to Venice, and there really is no need for me to tell you just how much I love this small and unique corner of Italy. I don’t think there is any doubt about the fact that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, where you can take amazing photographs from morning to night. Those of us – like we photography lovers – who thrive on brief glimpses, far-off noises, lights and shadows, images, moments, cannot get enough of the Venetian Lagoon, so decadent and nostalgic. Venice woos and seduces you, it takes you through the thousands of stories written over time, you can imagine the laughter among the tiny streets and squares, the races in sumptuous clothing, the lace and embroidery, the masks, the cloaks, games of dames and knights, the tapping sound of heels in the silence of the night.
Here, it’s best to abandon all guides and maps and instead deliberately lose yourself in the search for little corners full of poetry and ready for your camera. You can lose yourself in the smiles of the students sitting playing the guitar on the bank of a canal, in the voices and slow movements of the gondoliers, in the smells of the taverns and fragrance of the wisteria, in the colours of the fruit market, in the little shops of handcrafted wares. Venice welcomes you in and showers you with picture postcards full of love.
Not to be missed during the carnival period, in search of the most original faces and costumes. The masks are always happy to pose for you and let you capture them with your camera. You will return home with a thousand photos to choose from. The last time I went I took around two thousand.
If you were to ask me to recommend the best time of day to take your shots of Venice, I wouldn’t know where to start: at dawn, the lagoon is tinged with pink, at dusk it is tinged with red, and during the day you will find yourself admiring the contrasts of the blue sky. At dawn and sundown, I recommend that you take some pictures from the island of Sant’Elena, in order to get a full view of the city.
Let yourself be carried away by the perfect moment, even at night. Indeed, it’s night time that I prefer above all for photographing Venice: the tourists are in their hotels, the little streets are silent and deserted, the shadows lengthen, the spaces widen and everything takes on a dreamlike light. The hanging washing, the windows left ajar and the suffused lights, the soft murmuring, the slow footsteps, the smell of the lagoon, the sound of the waves. The gondoliers who go home to their wives and girlfriends after a day out on the canals. Everything in Venice is unique, everything makes you feel as though you are suspended in a dream bubble.
You can feel like a prince, a princess, a knight a dame: each of us can be what he wants to be. Venice sells you the dream and makes you the lead player in that same dream of its wonderful little corners, made of pure and essential Beauty. And if you get lost somewhere among the tiny streets, you will find yourselves surrounded by brightly coloured balloons of Murano glass placed here and there in the gleaming shop windows and you will discover little corners full of flowers. Click!
NB: don’t forget to visit the islands of Burano and Murano. The former is a magical place full of coloured houses, the latter will introduce you to the creativity of the makers of the most famous glass in the world!
My name is Nunzia Cillo, from Puglia, and I’m an extremely inquisitive blogger who is in love with the Beauty of things. I been publishing on the web for as long as I can remember, but it’s been three years since I started my own blog, http://www.entrophia.it/, in which I share the things about which I am so passionate. Entrophia has grown slowly but surely and I have grown with it. Today, it is my job, and photography and travelling are an ever-increasing part of it. I write – for myself and for several newspapers and magazines – about fashion, travelling, beauty, art and lifestyle 365 days a year and I’m always looking for new inspiration and new ideas.
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