Venice pictures. Italy's Venice (often called the Queen of the Adriatic) is an unbelievable mix of land and water, strait alleys and wide canals, bridges and islands, fish markets and palaces, oozing an atmosphere comparable to no other place. Once you know the well-known tourist spots, leave them and just walk randomly for hours to discover the city's true face.

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View of Venice from the bell tower in St Mark's Square, known as the Campanile.

View of St Mark's Cathedral and Venetian houses from the Campanile.

The city has an incredibly chaotic street map.

Venice at night

Floods (or 'acqua alta') might cause a bit of a problem here


Italian unloading a mini-barge full of wine.

Chinese restaurant

Rusty sign saying 'Circolo 7 fratelli Cervi' (Circle of the 7 Cervo brothers?)

Around the clock cigarette vending machine

Drying clothes


The colours of Venice



The intersection of Rio de San Margherita and Rio Novo

Friends having a few beers

Along the Fondamenta Minotto

After midnight

Basilica di San Marco as seen from the Campanile (bell tower)

Basilica di San Marco near sunset

Arriving in Venice

Houses lining the Sacca della Misericordia

Late afternoon in the Campo di Ghetto Nuovo

A local family walking down Fondamenta degli Ormesini

Dark alley


A gondola

Gondola port by St Mark's Square.

Grand Canal, the thoroughfare of Venice.

Traffic on the Canal Grande

The Canal Grande at night

The 'ground' floor of this house seems to be disused - there are very few Italians living in Venice now

A night grocer

Locals playing the guitar

'New Ghetto Square' - Ghetto was the name of the area where Jews were detained in the Venetian Republic in the 16th century; this is where the name for 20th century ghettos comes from

Laundry day in Venice.

Laundry day.

Nighttime dead-end

View from Rialto Bridge

9 manhole covers scattered apparently randomly over a few square meters

A Chinese restaurant in Venice

Venice's way of going to work.

Tranquil Venetian night

Venetian night.

After midnight, Venice's streets and channels are completely empty.

'No entry' traffic sign at the entrance of a canal

View towards the islands of Murano


Venice at night

On the phone

On the phone II

The miserable life of the photographer's girlfriend

This is what happens when you let your friends coat you with breadcrumbs

Security guard teaching a little girl how to yo-yo

The Rio Novo


The red wall

Venetian house details

Dome renovation as seen from the Ponte dell'Accademia (one of the few bridges over the Canal Grande)

Local restaurant

The performance of the live opera singer of this restaurant was a bit disrupted by the kids banging loudly on the metal right next to her

Campo de l'Arsenal in the Castello district

Closed shops line Rialto Bridge

Posh restaurant by Rialto Bridge

View from the top of Rialto Bridge along the adjacent street

Rio Chiuso - the canal has been closed

Canal traffic lights are in fact quite rare, but can be found in some places

Rooms with views over a marina

Being bare-chested in public carries the same 25 to 500 euro fine as the defacing of monuments

The Santa Marta area (with right angles almost everywhere) looks a lot less chaotic than the rest of Venice

Scarful is the Italian Banksy (well, not quite). The sign points towards the railway station

A self-service gas station for boats

Give way sign at a canal intersection

Few people actually live in Venice, most of the people in the street are tourists

St. Mark Square (Piazza San Marco) is hardly ever seen without hundreds of people.


For some reason giant pencils line the Fondamenta Bonini

The tourists of Venice

On the Fondamenta degli Ormesini

Street numbers are unique all over Venice, adjacent numbers often found miles away from one another

Tunnel leading to the Calle de le Colonne



Traffic lights at a canal intersection

Arriving vaporetto waterbus in Venice bay.

Regular vaporetto service as seen from the Ponte dell'Accademia

Canal Grande

Derelict-looking vaporetto (water bus) station.

Motor boats on Fondamenta Pescheria and a station for vaporettos going to Murano airport.

Cigarette vending machine

In the Campanile (belltower)

View from the Campanile to the East


Venice in the evening

Venice at night


Near the north coast


Italian man with drying clothes

Along the Sestiere Cannaregio

What could they have meant by that?

Derelict building overlooking a canal

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