Take advantage of your stay in Venice to enjoy this season's latest offerings.
Palladio and Cipriani Hotels. You'll be pleasantly surprised by their elegant green spaces and trees. In the sestiere of Cannaregio, the garden of the Hotel Dei Dogi deserves to be explored and photographed. The garden was created in the 17th century to host rare botanical collections and boasts a number of magnificent species that bloom year round.
On the Grand Canal, don't miss an opportunity to visit the garden of the Ca' Nigra Hotel: a romantic garden whose rose bowers overlook the water. Another notable example is the garden created by renowned architect Carlo Scarpa at the Querini Stampalia Foundation. Inspired by the theme of water, this eclectic garden fuses elements such as Byzantinestyle mosaics and a Japanese pebble stream, creating an elegant space intended for rest and contemplation.
On the Island of Mazzorbo, an absolute must is a visit to the garden of Venissa that hosts one of the city's few remaining vineyards. The dishes served at its restaurant are exquisitely linked to the fertile territory where it's located, with much of what's on the plate hailing from the estate's vegetable garden. In summer, its garden hosts a beautiful exhibition of sculptures by American artist Carole Feuerman, a pioneer of hyperrealist sculpture. Take the shuttle from St. Mark's Square and head to the resort on the Island of Roses: breathtaking views, an abundance of roses and olive groves await you!
Like many other Italian cities, Venice is renowned for its age-old tradition of craftsmanship. Enter its ‘botteghe' on tiptoe, ask permission to take photographs and encourage its artisans to tell you about their work. They will be happy to reveal the secrets of their trade (and in return, you can reward them by buying one of the items on sale). You'll have a field day taking photographs of artisans either making Murano glass beads known as ‘perle a lume' or threading tiny beads to make exquisite Venetian jewelry. Pop into a ‘squero', the Venetian word for a boatyard (you'll find one in San Trovaso), where gondolas are still made today and learn the secrets of this time-honoured trade.
The city still hosts a number of ‘forcolai', the artisans who make the rowlocks or oarposts for boats and gondolas. They also make smaller versions which you can take home as a souvenir of your visit to Venice.
Venice is also well-known for its printing tradition. In the sestiere of Cannaregio, you'll find print shops that still make exquisite images of the city. If you're feeling inspired, you can create a themed composition.
VISITING THE BIENNALE
This summer, you'll have an opportunity to take photos that are part of history. The installations, visible from May to the end of November, scattered across the city as part of the Venice Art Biennale's official program, make for good subject matter.
In front of the Ca' Sagredo Hotel on the Grand Canal, you'll find the huge ‘Support' sculpture by renowned artist Lorenzo Quinn.
In Campo San Vio, a twenty-meter golden tower by the artist James Lee Byars dominates the scene, while in the Arsenale/Giardini area you'll find a rhinoceros.
Finally, at the ‘Giardini Marinaressa', in Riva dei Sette Martiri, you'll have a unique opportunity to photograph a series of ten stunning hyperrealistic sculptures of swimmers by Carole Feuerman.
POINTS OF VIEW Above, a spectacular view of the Grand Canal seen from the terrace of the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi department store. Right, the Garden of Ottilia, a masterpiece of botanical art and one of the most beautiful green spaces on the Island of Giudecca.
Fondaco Terrace - photo bymatteo de fina @ dfs