It is very difficult to take a bad photograph in Venice, although I managed a few during this short trip. The light can be wondrous, the atmosphere is magical and wherever you point the camera, there is a picture.
The streets close to the Piazza San Marco are cluttered with designer shops, high fashion and even higher prices. But their doors are boring. So I wandered, happily getting lost down alleyways, in pursuit of the perfect portal.
Hotel doors can be interesting, too. Here is a hotel with its own canal and a German hotel shining and glistering in the weak spring sunshine.
Ambling down the side streets, stopping to photograph doors, suddenly you come across a massive church which seems to have been levered into position, dominating a small square.
Or a famous building, such as the Fenice, the Venice Theatre.
But how about some really fancy doors?
And what about the bell pushes?
“Other cities have admirers; Venice alone has lovers.”
There are 46 side canals joining the Grand Canal. Centuries ago, these side canals were rivulets between the mudbanks on which the city was built.
More Grand Canal door photographs. I didn’t have a telephoto lens, so you can enjoy the facade of the buildings as well as the doors.
We rode a virtually empty vaporetto water bus down the Grand Canal to St Mark’s Square. Vaporetti were driven by steam engines, now replaced by diesels, but the name stuck. Before vaporetti, people moved around the city in gondolas. In modern times, tourists enjoy the expensive charms of the gondoliers, but you can get a traghetto (ferry) in a gondola across the Grand Canal at seven locations for two euros.
Not all the buildings are beautiful. Some are elegantly sliding into decay. Others are being renovated, under cover – sometimes this is an image of the facade, a trompe l’oeil.
More Grand Canal-side doors:
I took more than 200 photographs of Venetian doors, so I need to pack as many as I can into each post or you will be viewing Venice for the next three months!