Capturing Italy: Photography Tour of Venice & Po Delta

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Total Trip:

8 Days
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Countries Visited:

Italy
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Places Visited:

Venice, Murano, Burano, Chioggia, Padua, Rovigo, Po Delta
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Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
If one picture can tell one hundred stories, your photographs captured in Italy will fill volumes with a noble history, decadent wealth, and breathtaking nature. Uncap your lens and focus on your customizable photography tour of Veneto and the Po Delta, home to Venice and an abundance of wildlife. Witness the traditions of gondolas and capture how the light dances off freshly crafted glass sculptures on Murano. Bask in the images of the morning market and find the perfect moment to photograph

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Day 1

Venice – Arrive in Venice with an Introductory Walking Tour of the City

Venice is a picturesque city with famous monuments that adorn postcards and posters. Wooden plinths rise out of the Grand Canal, and charming gondolas cruise down secret waterways that bisect the antique homes. Saint Mark’s Campanile soars over the historical city center at more than 320 feet, and the Rialto Market pulses with vibrant local life. Your private transfer will meet you at the Marco Polo International Airport upon your arrival and escort you to the edge of the Grand Canal. Step aboard a private boat to traverse the waters en route to the dock at your beautiful accommodation.

The history and luxury of the Venetian Republic radiate from the opulent design of your hotel, which was once a familial palace. You will be ready to open your camera to capture the elegant marble floors and gilded windowpanes. Your guide will meet you in the lobby after you have had a chance to settle in. The narrow cobbled lands of Venice form an enticing labyrinth that connects the 117 different islands with arched bridges. Your guide will lead you to the Scalzi Bridge, a stone edifice that connects Santa Croce to the Cannaregio district. The structure was built in the 1930s as one of four newer bridges constructed to span the Grand Canal. It is a perfect introduction to Venice as visitors from the rail station often cross the bridge first to reach the city center.

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Day 2

Venice – Capture a Day in the Life of Historical and Contemporary Venice

In the morning, the city returns to vibrant life both on the water and along the streets. The Rialto Market fills with fresh fish and radiant produce as the aroma of rich espresso lingers in the streets, emanating from the cafes that hide inside the antique buildings. After breakfast, your guide will lead you on a full day tour to capture Venice in the perfect light. The sunlight spreads across the marbled palaces and washes over the surface of the canals as private docks have plinths painted the red and white of candy canes. First, you will visit the Rialto Bridge, the remarkable 16th-century marble structure that arches over the Grand Canal.

The bridge was once the only walkway over the canal until the 19th century as silversmiths and mask shops open their doors beneath the elegant arcade. In a single photo, you can capture the past and the present, with the bridge that frames the excitement of visitors from far off places. The market tells a different story of Venice as fish vendors pile their fresh catches of mussels and even marlin atop mounds of ice as patrons search the produce stands for the perfect baby artichokes.

You will want to capture photos of both the vendors and the visitors as you know that they will each tell different stories of the city. You will reach the historical heart of Venice at St. Mark’s Square, a piazza that once stood as the civic, social, and religious center. The Basilica stands at the top of the piazza like a golden crown, shimmering in the sunlight. Frescoes adorn the façade and accentuate the gilded décor as the bulbous domes add Byzantine character to the 9th-century edifice. The interior features more than 45,635 square feet of gold mosaics that depict the saints and the biblical tales, making each shot you take a real treasure.

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Day 3

Venice – See Lesser Visited Venetian Neighborhoods with Cameras Ready

The elaborate history of Venice, along with its unparalleled beauty, stirs unbridled emotions in both visitors and locals alike. Today your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby eager to show you the quiet celebrations of the city and the secluded charms of the streets as you visit the local neighborhoods around the maze-like streets. Castello was formed during the 13th century and remains one of the most authentic districts of the city. Old women open their windows and gossip with their neighbors as the neighborhood children kick soccer balls against the walls that border the piazza.

The morning light will wash over the top of the Santi Giovanni e Paolo Basilica, which was erected in the 15th century. The red brick edifice features a quintessential Italian Gothic style seen widely across Venice. The interior contains hints of frankincense and myrrh as the arched windows allow natural light into the nave to highlight the frescoes and the Byzantine statue that is situated along the south aisle. Your guide will point to the tombs and monuments of Venice’s past doges, numbering 25 in total, dating back to Jacopo Tiepolo, who passed in the year 1249.

The unique setting offers a balance of monuments and local life in the city on the lagoon. After discovering the hidden neighborhoods around the networking islands of Venice, you will continue to explore the wines and small plates of the bacari, often referred to as Venetian wine bars. In the Castello district, you will find locals filling a small interior with a courtyard outside. They will call out to the server and order a collection of traditional little dishes to accompany their wines, such as spaghetti with clams and vegetable soup. This culinary tradition offers another glimpse of past and present life that have merged into one distinct Venetian way of life.

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Day 4

Venice – Explore Tradition and Splendor on the Islands Burano and Murano

In the morning, you will sit at breakfast in a traditional Italian way to start your day as you nibble on a sweet and flaky brioche with a side of rich espresso. Venture out of Venice with your guide on a private boat to take you to the northern edge of the lagoon to the island of Murano. The doge in the 13th century decreed all kilns used in glassblowing should move to the island over fears of fires consuming the city.

The glassblowing trade was once coveted by Venice, using techniques unseen or unheard of by the outside world. Artists gained prominence and prestige, in some cases growing to the status of nobility. The island has a canal known as Rio dei Vetrai, running through its center. Colorful homes and radiant fishing boats line the simple waterway. Follow your guide to Campo Santo Stefano where a sculpture of blue glass resembling a sea anemone stands beneath rising bell tower and you can capture a photo of the colors caused by the sunlight piercing the glass points.

You can’t help but keep your camera ready as you wander along the streets to capture the history of the island and how it has informed contemporary life. You will step into a workshop for a glassblowing demonstration as heat fills the concrete room. The kiln door opens to glowing heat as the artist will take a large pole out of the kiln to shape the glass situated at the pole’s end. The artist will continuously heat the glass before shaping it, pressing a thick cloth into the hot surface until receiving the desired effect.

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Day 5

Venice – Venture to the Unpretentious Fishing Town of Chioggia for the Day

Today you will step out of your hotel and set out for the neighborhood of Lido. Its history as the first beach resort in Europe emanates from the Art Nouveau facades of the remaining hotels. The water laps at the edges of the golden sand beach with quiet grace, and you will have a different view of the lagoon today as you mount your bicycle and glide along the footpaths that line the coast. You will then board the ferry to the neighboring island of Pellestrina to ride alongside the levees that keep the Adriatic Sea from washing into the lagoon along the thin landscape.

Another short ferry ride brings you to Chioggia, a traditional fishing town rising out of cobblestone streets. The town was originally a defensive settlement founded first by Etruscans until overtaken by Romans. Fishing boats wade in the water beside the stone walkways. Stone lions frame the white marble bridge crossing Piazzetta Vigo. The Church of San Domenico contains Vittore Carpaccio’s last recorded painting, St. Paul. The 16th-century work is considered to treasures of Chioggia, depicting the saintly figure holding a sword and a book while wearing a glowing orange robe.

Upon your return to Venice, you will visit the Squero San Trovaso, home to the gondola workshops of the city. Craftsmen have passed down the trade from father to son for generations after the boatyard first opened in the 17th century and continue today. The images that you will capture of the men crafting the iconic boats of Venice embody the beauty of the city, its history, and the work it took to create such an exquisite network of roads and palaces that span the Venetian Republic.

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Day 6

Rovigo – Discover the Charms of Padua and the Elegance of Rovigo

Today you will leave the prodigious canals and gondolas of Venice behind and make your way by private transfer to the town of Rovigo. Mountains border the streets and nature casts a captivating spell alongside the remarkable history. The town rises out of the marshlands between to Po and Adige rivers, located on the banks of the Adigetto Canal and the settlement dates back to the 9th century, with fortifications arising around the 10th century. Two leaning towers date back to the Middle Ages, including Torre Dona, one of the tallest medieval towers in Italy.

The charm of the Rovigo rises out of the quiet streets and from the history often overlooked. The Church of Madonna del Soccorso was erected in the late 16th century and features a stunning image of the Madonna and child. Frescoes drape the interior wall in color with biblical allegory painted by Venetian provincial artists. Wandering around town offers you the feeling of life unchanged, an authentic experience of Italian culture outside of the bustling streets and photographed monuments of Venice. You will venture to Accademia dei Concordi, a 16th-century palace now housing a library and museum. Galleries exhibit works between the 15th and 18th centuries crafted by masters of Venetian and Ferrarese schools. You will capture a photo of work by Battista Piazzetta, but you also know that the mental image of the painting will always be far more vibrant.

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Day 7

Rovigo – Experience Italy’s Marvels of Nature along the Po Delta

Mornings in Rovigo retain a quiet introspection as cafes open with a more serene fluidity. The breeze carries the scent of pastries out of the bakeries and onto the cobblestone streets. Your guide will meet you after breakfast and lead you into the Regional Natural Park along the Po River Delta. The mountains fade behind the horizon as you approach the unique landscape that contains spits of land, river branches, islets, and cane fields. Your guide will explain the variety of reasons why the photography of nature differs from the photography of monuments, one of which is patience. More than 370 different ornithological species create an oasis for photographers and birdwatchers, including red and gray herons.

Rice fields rustle in the breeze, and an endless amount of reeds undulate against the marshy banks. Your guide will lead you to a spot along the lagoon where Greater flamingos roost in the water. Their pink plumage gives way to the blank fringe of their wings which at full extension reach a span of five and a half feet. The flock raises an average of 2,000 new chicks each year. The splendor of Italy’s natural environment welcomes you with images of large dragonflies, fluttering butterflies, and spoonbills digging their beaks into the water in search of fish. Freshwater eels hid beneath rocks and sand. In the absence of markets and cafes, you can hear the birds chirping as they call out to one another above the whistling reeds.

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Day 8

Venice – Depart for Home

The sounds of Venice in the morning have become familiar, and the birdsongs of the Po River Delta have become a memory, encapsulated in the radiant plumage of the avifauna you captured on camera, from flamingos to tawny owls. The streets of Venice fill with locals set against the stone structures chatting and reading newspapers in the hidden squares of the city. Elegant architecture replaces nature’s splendor as the refreshing scent of espresso returns with the sunlight. Sip a rich cup of your own before you meet your private transfer in the hotel lobby. You will make your way to Marco Polo Airport for your flight home and take with you a full picture of history, nature, and culture radiating from Veneto and the Po River Delta.

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Trip Highlights

  • Capture the luster of Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on camera as guided by a professional photographer
  • Enjoy an immersive experience in the dining and neighborhood culture of Venice while exploring the hidden districts and bacari of the city
  • Witness the traditions of glassblowing and fishing during a photogenic excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano
  • Visit with craftsmen making traditional gondolas and following in the footsteps of their fathers
  • Gather portraits of the charming history of Chioggia during a bicycle tour that takes you from the resort district of Lido across the islands to the quiet fishing town
  • Embrace the natural treasures of the Po Delta in search of majestic flora, fauna, and landscape, including flamingoes and spoonbills
  • Discover the life and style of everyday Italians in the enchanting and traditional town of Rovigo 
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Detailed Description

Photographs will help you to retell the tales of your travels for years after your journey has ended. This 8-day tour of Veneto and the Po Delta is meant for photography enthusiasts and working professionals, keen amateurs, and first-timers. The history of Venice and the contemporary lives of its locals look remarkably different through the lens. Discover avifauna and marshlands, fishing villages and seaside levees to turn your exploration into a re-livable journey that begins with your arrival at Marco Polo International Airport. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and escort you to your hotel situated on the main island of Venice.

Delight in an introductory guided tour to gain your bearings and provide insight into the discovery tours to come. The next morning, your guide will meet you and your camera after breakfast ready to lead you along the grandeur of Venice’s rich history. Visit the vibrant Rialto Market before continuing to Saint Mark’s Square and the encompassing monuments. The following day, you will traverse the distinct neighborhoods of Venice for an in-depth view of the culture and traditions as preserved in contemporary life. In the evening, you will embark on a tour of the bacari, wine bars that often serve accompanying traditional small plates.

Traverse the Venetian lagoon the next day as you visit the islands of Burano and Murano. The former contains a traditional fishing village while the latter is home to the remarkable glassblowing craftsmen as decreed by the Doge nearly a millennium ago. Travel the beachside walkways from Lido to Chioggia by bicycle the next day to pass levees, fishing villages, remarkable churches, and local ferries along the way. In the afternoon, you will visit a gondola boatyard to watch the workers build the iconic Venetian boat.

The next day, you will take a private transfer to the town of Rovigo, known for its tranquil ambiance, local flair, and authenticity. Visit old structures and a magnificent art museum before you traverse the gorgeous Po Delta Nature Reserve in search of serene landscape and inspiring flora and fauna. Take your time to bask in the beauty and capture the photos that tell the best stories before you return to Venice for the evening. Conclude as your private transfer will escort you to Marco Polo Airport for your flight home.

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Starting Price

$2195 per person (excluding international flights)

This trip is customizable for your private travel.
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The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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