Travel inspiration can come in many different forms. Often, a friend or family members recounts a story of an amazing trip they’ve just returned from. Other times, we read an article in a travel magazine or on a travel blog. Then, sometimes a photo is worth a thousands words.

So, if you need help inspiring yourself, your significant other, or even your hard-working employees, here are “11,000 words” on the photographer’s paradise that is Venice. After all, with the cobbled streets, endless canals, and a never-ending supply of bridges connecting the nearly 120 islands that comprise of Venice, how can it not be inspiring?

Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs may be small, but its reputation certainly isn’t. Built in 1600, this white limestone bridge connects the Doge’s Palace’s interrogation rooms to the New Prison on the opposite end of the canal. 

Scuola Grande di San RoccoScuola Grande di San Rocco

Scuola Grande di San Rocco | ©ryan hurril/Flickr

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco, built in 1478, is most famously known for its collection of the best works of Venetian painter, Tintoretto.

From a PlaneVenice From Above

©Sergi Gisbert/Flickr

Is there really anywhere within the city limits of Venice with a view that beats this one?

Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge)Rialto Bridge

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Perhaps one of the most iconic spots in Venice, the Rialto Bridge connects San Polo to San Marco. Construction was completed in 1591, making it the oldest of all four bridges that span the Grand Canal.

The Grand CanalGrand Canal, Venice, Italy

One of the major water-traffic-ways in Venice, the Grand Canal provides pubic transportation by water buses and water taxis, as well as infamous gondola rides to tourists who want to explore the city from the water.

Little CanalsVenice Canals

You can find this view throughout the entire city. Every turn you take will lead you to another canal, lined with old buildings and arched bridges that seem to have been perfectly placed for your viewing pleasure.

From a GondolaVenice Gondola

Whether you’re visiting Venice with a lover, with friends, or solo, riding a gondola is just one of those things everyone has to experience at least once in their life. The gondoliers serenade you, and you can even bring a bottle of bubbly with you to enjoy while marveling at fact that you are checking off one of your biggest bucket list items.

Scala Contarini del BovoloScala Contarini del Bovolo

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The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a small palazzo that is famous for its external, spiral staircase known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, which leads to one of the more unique views of Venice. This staircase was also chosen as one of the main locations for Orson Welles’ adaption of Shakespeare’s Othello.

Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square)Piazza San Marco, Venice

Empty Piazza san Marco | ©Jacob Surland/Flickr

Venice’s main public square, locally known simply as la Piazza, St Mark’s Basilica is known for its gold mosaics and for being a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Located at this piazza is the Doge’s Palace, a Venetian Gothic palace that was one the residence of the Doge (Duke) of the former Republic of Venice, which is a museum today.

Riva Degli SchiavoneRiva Degli Schiavone

The Riva degli Schiavoni is a lively, waterfront promenade that is filled with market stalls and kiosks where visitors can find tchotchkes of all kinds, as well as tasty pastries and other Venetian sweets.

Burano IslandBurano


One cannot visit Venice without also visiting Burano. Just 40 minutes away by boat, this old fisherman’s village is known for its bell tower, its vibrant buildings and its stunning lace-making industry.

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