As a travel photographer, Venice is one of my favourite destinations in Europe. The piazza, or center square, is literally the pulse of any italian city. In my experience, it’s where the townsfolk wander to after dinner, to socialize, to take a slow stroll, savour a gelato, sip an aperitif, catch up with friends, and acknowledge one another. For me, as an observer to this vibrant place, it really was where the expression “It takes a village to raise a child” seemed so evident to me. Women scooping up another woman’s child after they take a tumble, a scold to a naughty boy from one of the fathers sitting with the other men along the wall. A special place to connect with those amongst you. In summers it bursts with merchants and vendors, sparkling night lights and dizzying smells of all kinds. It’s literally the heart of the town for those looking for a place to happen, so to speak.
In Venice, this is the largest square and most spectacular example of the piazza, St. Mark’s Square. As a travel photographer, this was a destination high on my list and I’ve visited Venice and her islands several times.
Some interesting facts about Venice.
Venice has 117 mini islands all that are situated along the shallow waters of the Venetian Lagoon. Some are man made, including Sacca Fisola which was built in the 1960’s by adding landfill to saltmarsh. It is a largely residential area. Look for my photos of Murano, Burano and Tortula.