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Italy : Dolomites & Venice

The Dolomites are a paradise for landscape photographers. This region of Italy is full of treasures such as Lago di Braies, renowned for its bewitching turquoise waters, and the peaks of Passo Giau.

When I visited in November, the landscape presented a delicate balance between autumn and winter. The snow-capped peaks contrasted with the yellow and orange trees, creating a picturesque scene.

Exploring further north, I came across the magnificent lake. Situated close to the Italian border, its understated charm, combined with the mesmerising light, provided the perfect backdrop for breathtaking photos at sunrise.

But of course, no visit to the region would be complete without seeing the iconic Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui. Nestling on the edge of the forest, against a backdrop of towering mountains, this church is part of an extraordinary landscape. I’ve seen it photographed so many times that I wanted to try and take a picture of it myself.

Landscape photography capturing a sunrise at Piazza San Marco in Venice, featuring a long exposure shot of Venetian gondolas gently swaying on the water.

Just a few hours’ drive from the Dolomites is Venice. Although it’s too touristy for my taste, it’s well worth a visit. I went to Venice twice in November and the atmosphere was very different: once, it was bathed in golden light at dawn and dusk and the second time, it remained beautiful under a curtain of rain.

Urban photography capturing a long exposure of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, at sunset. The serene scene showcases the canal's smooth waters and the glowing hues of the setting sun.
Experience the enchanting beauty of Venice at sunrise with this captivating urban landscape photograph. The iconic Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute are bathed in warm hues of orange, creating a mesmerizing scene that evokes a sense of tranquility and wonder. Taken by the skilled eye of a female travel photographer in Italy, this stunning image captures the essence of Venice's timeless charm and architectural splendor. Immerse yourself in the romantic allure of the Grand Canal as it comes to life in the soft light of dawn, beautifully captured by the talented photographer.
Landscape photography capturing a sunset at Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy, during the golden hour.
Landscape photography capturing a sunset in Venice, Italy, during the golden hour.

To photograph Venice, you have to get up at the crack of dawn or find hidden spots. I like to go out on the pontoons, which often offer an unobstructed view of the city’s most beautiful buildings, such as the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and the Rialto Bridge.

Minimalist landscape photography capturing a long exposure seascape of Torcello, an island near Venice, Italy.
Experience the timeless allure of Venice's Rialto Bridge in this stunning black and white long exposure photograph. Captured with minimalist precision by travel photographer Jennifer Esseiva using her Nikon D810, this image exudes a sense of elegance and tranquility. The smooth waters of the canal create a striking contrast against the architectural marvel of the bridge, making it an ideal addition to elevate any office space. Let the iconic beauty of Venice inspire productivity and creativity with this captivating landscape photography masterpiece.
Classic view of Venice and its gondolas in the fog.
Classic view of Venice and its gondolas in the fog.

Every street, alley or bridge can take you to a hidden spot. Venice is full of secrets and if you’re curious, you’ll always find a way to photograph it as if no one were there. It really is the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited and I’d love to go back.