Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also unique, built on hundreds of tiny islands in a lagoon off the coast of north east Italy. Incredibly, his city grew from a few huts on muddy islands to one of the greatest and richest cities in the world, with trading links and an empire across the Mediterranean.

Venice is an astounding city, and there is a staggering wealth of sights to see there – St Mark’s Square and its stunning Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore, the distinctive domed church of Santa Maria della Salute, the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and so much more. Then there are the many canals, with the graceful gondolas effortlessly gliding along them. Every corner you turn you find beauty.

Here is a collection of images that we have shot in Venice to whet your appetite.

 

Image of San Giorgio Maggiore church, Venice Italy

This shot of Palladio’s magnificent San Giorgio Maggiore was also made on the Molo, one of the best sunrises I had ever seen just kept getting better and better.

 

Image of the Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy

This shot of the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, was also made on the Molo, the first warm golden rays of sunlight catching the façade, a wonderful start to a winter’s day.

 

Image of St Mark's Basilica, Venice, in snow

The Basilica di San Marco, St Mark’s Basilica, just before dawn with snow on the domes and Piazza. I had to ask one of the local council workers to stop shovelling snow out of the way so I could get this shot first. I still owe him a cup of coffee for that.

 

Image of gondola on the Grand Canal, Venice, at sunset

The Grand Canal at sunset, with a lone gondolier, shot from the famous Rialto Bridge.

 

Image of Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal, Venice, at dusk

The Rialto Bridge, or Ponte di Rialto, shot from a little-known vantage point in Cannaregio, with the Grand Canal flowing underneath.

 

Image of Santa Maria del Giglio church, Venice

The Baroque façade of Santa Maria del Giglio church, a few minutes’ walk from St Mark’s Square.

 

Image of the Grand Canal, Venice at dusk

A wide view of the Grand Canal at dusk, also shot from Rialto Bridge.

 

Image of Santa Maria della Salute church and gondolas at night

Santa Maria della Salute, seen here at night with gondolas in the foreground.

 

Image of picturesque canal in Venice Italy

Across the Grand Canal in the same district as the Salute church, the Rio degli Ognissanti is one of the most picturesque canals in the city.

 

Image of Squero di San Trovaso boatyard in Venice Italy

The Squero di San Trovaso, one of the last gondola repair yards in Venice, sits on the corner of the Rio degli Ognissanti.

 

Image of Santa Maria della Salute church, Venice, Italy at sunrise

Santa Maria della Salute, again from the Molo, this time bathed in the first light of day with the gondolas moving in the foreground.

 

Image of Burano island in the Venetian lagoon

The island of Burano, in the north of the Venetian lagoon, is renowned for its beautiful brightly-painted fishermen’s cottages. We love this canal and street with the wonky belltower of San Martino church overlooking the scene.

 

Image of pink house and white bordered window, Burano, Venice, Italy

The houses of Burano are painted in an amazing array of colours, like this vivid pink.

 

Image of houses reflected in canal, Burano, Venice, Italy

Burano is a photographer’s dream, the colourful houses reflected here in the almost-still canal water.

 

Image of yellow house Burano Venice Italy

This yellow house on Burano is one of our favourites. The sign next to the door says that colour, like music, awakens the senses and emotions.

 

Image of San Giorgio Maggiore at dawn, Venice, Italy

And finally – a last peek at the city, at San Giorgio Maggiore.

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David Angel is a British writer and photographer who has been travelling and photographing the world for over 25 years.  His work is regularly featured in worldwide media including the BBC, the Guardian, the Times and the Sunday Times.  His images are frequently used throughout the world by tourism bodies such as Visit Britain and Visit Wales.