Impressions of Venice

The Grand Canal Venice Photo by Michael David

Venice continues to enchant visitors from across the globe with its unique geography, fascinating history, elegant facades and palaces – and of course, the iconic Grand Canal. I returned to this magnificent city for just a few days in early May and was greeted by balmy, bright weather that triggered lots of happy memories from past visits.

Here are a few images from my short stay in this most elegant corner of Italy:

Gondolier in Venice Photo by Michael David

Tourists watch a classic Venetian Gondola breeze by St. Mark’s Square.

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The narrow canals and waterways of Venice are often eerily quiet and serene.

Venice Photo by Michael David

Venice’s palaces feature astonishing artwork and facades.

Venice Photo by Michael David
Palaces adorn much of Venice’s Grand Canal.

Venice Photo by Michael David
Beautifully preserved – arched walkways adorn the area in and around St. Mark’s Square – often joined by bridges across the maze of canals.

 Photo by Michael David

The perfect place to watch the world go by in St. Mark’s Square

 Photo by Michael David

St. Mark’s Square is the focal point for any visitor to Venice. Iconic, captivating and steeped in history.

 Photo by Michael David

Timeless and elegant – Gondolas moored at St. Mark’s Square with San Giorgio Maggiore in the background.

 Photo by Michael David

Burano is one of the principal islands on the Venetian lagoon and is famed for its colourful houses and tranquil atmosphere.

 Photo by Michael David

The island of Burano provides the perfect antidote to the busy, bustling streets of Venice – across the lagoon.

 Photo by Michael David

The whole colour spectrum is represented amongst the houses of Burano.

 Photo by Michael David

Legend has it that Burano’s uniquely coloured houses were painted in this way so that fisherman returning from sea could spot them even during thick fog.

 Photo by Michael David

Santa Maria della Salute bathed in late evening light on the Grand Canal.

Michael David is a London-based photographer who also worked in digital communications in the British government,  where he was also an official photographer. This included photo shoots at 10 Downing street and Buckingham Palace. Follow him on Twitter, and view his photography at . You can also read his photo blogs on

 Concierge tip: Caffè Baglioni with its views of Giardini Reali, is the ideal place to relax after a busy day immersed in the beauty of Venice. Located just a few minutes from Piazza San Marco, go there to enjoy an aperitif with canal views and live music every Friday evening, starting from 7:00 pm.

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