No trip to Italy would be complete without a visit to Venice - one of the most unique cities in the world, not without reason called the City of Lovers. Stunning views, great architecture and interesting history are just some of the reasons to visit this magical place at least once in your life. Atmospheric bridges suspended over the canals, majestic gondolas full of lovers and charming narrow streets create ideal conditions for photography enthusiasts. Below you will find the top 10 Instagrammable places in Venice where you can take the perfect photo for your Instagram. I hope this travel guide inspires you for your next trip!

Gondolas at Piazza San Marco is a great place for a perfect photo of Venice
Gondolas at Piazza San Marco is a great place for a perfect photo of Venice

1. Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto)

One of the best places to take a great photo in Venice is without a doubt the Ponte di Rialto. This bridge connects the districts of San Marco and San Polo and is the oldest of the four bridges on the Grand Canal, making it extremely popular. Therefore, to avoid the crowds, it is best to come here at sunrise or early in the morning. Most tourists limit themselves to taking a photo from the bridge itself, but in my opinion a better shot is obtained from the concrete platform on the San Polo side just after getting off the bridge. It is worth going here not only for a nice photo but also for the wonderful views that look especially beautiful at the golden hour. Can you imagine a better place for a romantic picnic for two? 🙂

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Ponte di Rialto, Venice, Italy

2. Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)

Another place for a unique photo in Venice is the famous Bridge of Sighs, or Ponte dei Sospiri. The unusual name of the bridge probably comes from the sighs of the prisoners who looked at Venice for the last time on the way to their cells. The most famous view of the Bridge of Sighs is from the Ponte della Paglia, easily accessible from Piazza San Marco. Mark. However, as in the case of Ponte di Rialto, you will get a better effect by photographing the Bridge of Sighs from below - from the small dock located just below the Ponte della Paglia. Unfortunately, both of these places can get crowded, so be sure to go here just after or at sunrise. You can also take an interesting photo posing on the much less popular Ponte della Canonica, located just behind the Bridge of Sighs.

3. Gondola ride

Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to take a unique photo in Venice is to rent a gondola. A romantic gondola ride is, in my opinion, one of the must-do things when in this city. There is nothing more magical than a gondola ride along the picturesque canals of Venice with your loved one. In addition, this one-of-a-kind experience will allow you to photograph Venice from a completely different perspective, which will certainly translate into the quality of your photos.


Pro tip

Before you decide to rent a gondola, be sure to read the following tips:
- it is best to go on a gondola ride in the morning - you will not only avoid crowds, but above all you will pay less (EUR 60 instead of EUR 80 for a half-hour cruise);
- if you can, try to avoid the gondolas at Piazza San Marco - for a more authentic and intimate atmosphere, choose a gondola ride along the smaller canals;
- before the ride, agree the exact route with the gondolier to avoid later misunderstandings;
- try to use every minute of the ride for photos - believe me, time will fly by too fast!

Gondola ride, Venice, Italy
Gondola ride, Venice, Italy

4. St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)

The next place in Venice where you will take a beautiful photo is undoubtedly Piazza San Marco. This place is located in the oldest part of the city, and its history is related to the construction of the St Marks Basilica. It is not without reason that this square is sometimes called the living room of Europe. This place is very popular among tourists, so if you care about a good shot, be sure to go here in the morning, preferably just after sunrise. Thanks to this, you will not only avoid crowds, but also have the perfect light for photos. You will get the best effect posing against the background of the majestic St Marks Basilica and the tallest building in the city - the St Marks Campanile. Another interesting place for a photo is also the building of the Procuratie Vecchie (Old Procuracies) with its wonderful arcades.


Pro tip

On Piazza San Marco, there is another unusual place - Caffe Florian, which prides itself on being the oldest continuously operating cafe in the world (since 1720 (!)). The richly decorated interior of the cafe is a perfect background for atmospheric photos. During the day, its worth dropping in for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and taking a few shots. Just be prepared for high prices 😉

5. Ponte dell’Accademia

Another place on my list to take a unique photo in Venice is the Ponte dellAccademia. This bridge connects two important districts of Venice - Dorsoduro and San Marco - and, as the name suggests, leads to the Gallerie dellAccademia, the museum of Venetian art. However, what captivated me most about this place is the fact that it offers one of the most beautiful views of the Grand Canal in the whole city. No wonder, after all, it was from this bridge that the famous photo was taken, which still adorns many postcards from Venice. The Ponte dellAccademia looks best at sunrise or sunset, when the sky over the canal takes on amazing colors. In such conditions, beautiful photos take themselves 😉 So if you are planning a photo session in Venice, you definitely have to go there!

6. The hidden pier

When youve visited all the places and run out of ideas for photos, grab a pizza to go and head to the hidden pier right next to the San Moise Hotel. Due to its intimate location, this pier is an ideal place for a picnic, and at the same time an interesting location for photos. Although this place has long ceased to be a secret and has become very popular among influencers, with a bit of luck you can still enjoy it exclusively. In my opinion, it is best to come here in the late morning or late afternoon, when the light on the pier is at its best. Sit back and enjoy the view of the picturesque Venetian canal. Who knows, maybe you will be luckier than me and you will be able to capture a passing gondola in a photo?

Pier at the San Moise Hotel in Venice, Italy
Pier at the San Moise Hotel in Venice, Italy

7. Libreria Acqua Alta

Another great spot for a photo shoot in Venice is the secluded Libreria Acqua Alta, considered by some to be the most beautiful bookstore in the world. Well, I dont quite agree with that, but it is definitely a unique place on the map of Venice that is definitely worth visiting. The bookstore is inhabited by numerous cats and owes its popularity to the fact that most of the books are stored here in tubs or boats, which protects them from potential flooding (the so-called acqua alta, i.e. the great tide that hits the city from autumn to spring). In my opinion, the best photo in Libreria Acqua Alta will be taken posing on the stairs of old books in the yard or in the gondola moored at the back of the bookstore. Of course, after the photo session, it is worth buying a book or one of the interesting souvenirs, which are not missing in the bookstore.

8. Gelatoteca SuSo

If, like me, you are a lover of Italian ice cream, be sure to go to the famous Gelatoteca SuSo, which serves some of the best gelato in the whole city. The local ice cream is famous not only for its great taste, but also (or perhaps above all) for the colorful additions that make it obscenely photogenic. All you have to do is stock up on your favorite gelato then head to the nearby bridge to photograph it against the picturesque canal. I warn you in advance that its quite a challenge, because its hard to resist such appetizing-looking ice cream and not eat it on the way to the bridge 😉 However, I assure you that it is worth it, because in addition to a unique place to enjoy ice cream, you will also take one of the most instagrammable photos from Venice. Sounds good, right?

Bridge near Gelatoteca SuSo, Venice, Italy
Bridge near Gelatoteca SuSo, Venice, Italy

9. Dorsoduro

The charming Dorsoduro district is another great spot for a unique Venice photo. This southernmost part of the city is a real treat for lovers of places off the beaten track. Here, old meets new, and next to famous art galleries, youll find both noisy student streets and quiet luxury apartments. It is not without reason that Dorsoduro has been recognized as one of the best places to walk in Venice. All this makes this district the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos. Dorsoduro has a lot to offer and there will certainly be plenty of opportunities to take interesting shots. Personally, I was most captivated by the place on the stone wall opposite Squero di San Trovaso - a historic workshop, which is one of the few that still produces traditional wooden gondolas. Can you imagine a more special place for a photo from Venice?


Pro tip

While in the Dorsoduro district, be sure to try the traditional Venetian snack called cicchetti at the family-run Cantine del Vino già Schiaviu. This place is located right next to a picturesque canal, where in good weather you can eat purchased sandwiches and drink your favorite wine. Sounds great, right?

10. Chiodo Bridge (Ponte Chiodo)

The last place on my list is the extremely charming historic Ponte Chiodo located in the lively Cannaregio district. The name of the bridge comes from the noble Chiodo family that once owned the bridge. However, what makes this bridge unique is the lack of railings and the fact that it leads to a private building which is now a hotel. An interesting fact is that once all the bridges in Venice did not have handrails, it was only at the beginning of the 19th century that they began to be equipped with railings to prevent accidents. Currently, there are as many as 417 bridges in the city, but only two of them (including the Chiodo Bridge) are without handrails. The second bridge of this type, not without reason called the Devils Bridge, is located on the island of Torcello, which is also part of Venice.


Venice is a great place for a dream photo shoot in a truly Italian style. Thanks to its rich past, but also its natural beauty, this city has everything you need for a perfect city break and is therefore one of the most attractive destinations in Italy. Magnificent architecture, countless bridges and picturesque canals provide the perfect backdrop for photography enthusiasts. I hope that the above list of the best Instagram worthy destinations will help you plan your trip to this fascinating city. All you need to do now is book your ticket and go to Venice!

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