Venice a magical city that you must visit and a photographers dream.

I will never forget my first visit to Venice, I had gone to photograph the carnival and all the beautiful masks and costumes. Everywhere you walk in Venice is a magical picture, it is a photographers dream. I recommend walking away from the usual areas, it will be less crowded and you will get some unique photos of the bridges and backstreets. I loved all the canals, architecture and costumes. It is an incredible city and so lovely to watch how everything operates on water. Once you have been around Venice make sure you visit Burano Island, it is full of colourful buildings and lacemaking shops where you can still see it being done.



One of the beautiful costumes which was handmade by Patricia Juilland.



The venice carnival is held every year and ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate and stunning masks, its not just the masks that are beautiful but also the costumes, many of them being handmade. It was first held in Venice in the 11th century and would last for over two months however it became less popular during the 18th century.


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'The Gondolier' I loved this image because of the way the sun lit the gondolier



Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. There are no roads just canals including the Grand Canal thoroughfare which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. There are 400 foot bridges and 170 boat canals that connect the city to make it easily accessible to the local people. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been quoted with many different titles including ‘City of Water’, ‘City of Masks’, ‘City of Bridges’, ‘The Floating City’, and ‘City of Canals.’

The Gondola is the most famous traditional Venetian boat, it is 11m long and 1.42 m wide and is handmade. It is built with 280 pieces of 8 different kinds of wood, weighing about 400 kg. Gondolas are built in traditional Venetian dockyards called “squeri,” and each one takes about six months to build. All have an oar which is made from beech and a walnut forcola, or rowlock. Each oar is carved to suit individual gondoliers and designed to allow eight distinct manouevres to be used.



                 BURANO ISLAND

The name "Burano" came from "Porta Boreana", the northern door of the city. Burano is an island in the Northern Venetian Lagoon it is 11 Km northeastern from Murano and Venice,  it is connected by the Canale Bisatto - Canale Carbonera - Scomenzera San Giacomo's trail. The trip from Venice to Burano takes 45 minutes by boat. This island is easily reachable also from Treporti (10 minutes) and Punta Sabbioni (30 minutes), two Cavallino-Treporti's resorts which overlook on the lagoon.

The colourful houses are the main feature of the island, there is an ancient legend that says fishermen painted their houses to see them from a long distance when they were far away on a fishing trip.  Burano is very famous for its fish dishes, the most famous of which is the "risotto de gò": the broth in which the rice is cooked and creamed is extracted from the "gò" a fish typical of the Venice lagoon, known in English under the name of "goby".

Lacemaking is the main craftsmanship in Burano but it is also known for ‘lume glass working’: a technique that has come from the island of Murano, but also widespread in the other islands of the Venetian Lagoon. You will come across some little shops where you can watch this type of Murano glass processing.

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              Another location that is lovely for photography is the Venice fish market.














Photographers will love this magical city, every canal has different lighting, different colours, each tells its own story..












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