Dorsoduro

My goal was to reach Punta Della Dogana before midday, so I could take some cool pics of San Marco, Giudecca Island and San Giorgio Maggiore, but the foggy weather didn't exactly help. Instead, I focussed my attention taking pictures of the clearer streets, which were also mainly empty, thus helping me take pictures without many distractions. One thing though, these streets are honestly so beautiful to walk down. Once I saw a women open the wooden doors on a window to hand her washing out, I had a 'giddy' feeling knowing I was in Italy. I chuckled to myself, because it's exactly what you see in films depicting Italy. Felt old fashioned in a way.

Not only was this district peaceful, but it also had some history with Banksy, the famous street artist who likes to remain anonymous. Street art, in general, had some some presence here. As an artist, I always find it welcome coming across art of most kinds, but it's only really the Banksy artwork I found interesting, since the rest were likely done super quickly to avoid being caught and (therefore) looked shit. But it was interesting to see "no mafia" scattered about different places in Venice.

Ah yes, another relaxing district full of charm and overall relaxing atmosphere. Dorsoduro is another (mainly) residential area, also full of hotels. This was the first district I walked around to start mt first full day of Venice. Honestly though, I think I chose best to start off somewhere quieter, since starting the first day at the most eventful places would have made Dorsoduro underwhelming.

In the photos I took, it was very foggy and it was difficult to appreciate any views, but also made navigation difficult. Almost like Silent Hill. Some areas had less fog, so I'd catch a shot if I could. However, this day gave me a chance to capture Venice with a different mood, which was very welcome, as I also wish to capture Paris with some fog as well (when I visit soon).

Santa Croce

This district is the most boring of all the districts. It features some roads, which link to the Ponte Della Libertá. In English, basically it's a bloody long bridge linking to the Italian mainland. I hopped on a bus to travel across this bridge on the last day. One corner of this district is just dedicated to public transport, and I guess the train station is technically part of it anyway.

As a result, I didn't find a lot to photograph here, or find reason to walk around. For what it's worth, there is a quiet park nearby, a Magnum Ice Cream cafe and some descent routes to take (before you reach Dorsoduro. The Banksy mural is technically in Santa Croce, but only by like a few metres. Okay, okay, let's toss this district a bone and give it Banksy. Let's be kind to toddler Santa Croce. 

Graffiti of this woman's head can be seen in various parts of Venice. I can't find much information about why Ache77 would graffiti her face in different places, but I imagine he also wanted to creep out anyone who sat at this cafe. Maybe that's why no one sat in these chairs? I like it though, it's kinda my style of artwork.

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San Marco

YES. I finally get to talk about San Marco! Okay, bare in mind, I've been writing this article about Venice for a few weeks now (whenever I get the time to add to it) and I still have like 70 articles to write about New York, so I'm likely missing A LOT of stuff when I write these paragraphs about each district of Venice. Trying to find time to add to this website can be difficult, but San Marco is one of my favourite places in Venice, so I'll try to write as much as I can about it and try not to miss anything.

Jesus Christ, this district is beautiful, and considered the capitol area of the floating city. EVERY corner is beautiful to walk down. I literally have thousands of photos and it was very difficult to pick my favourites. These are just a handfull of the images I found most attractive for this website.

Thankfully, when I decided to walk around San Marco, it was amazing weather. Clear skies all around and an amazingly positive atmosphere around every corner. Some of the most themetically beautiful buildings are scattered around here, as well as the most historic of landmarks. The stench of wealth can be noticed all the way to St. Mark's Square; the core of Venice and where I spent most of my time. I literally visited the square every day. 

When I tried to recap my timeline in Venice (on Google Maps), I was unable to fully note where exactly I took every shot, purely because Venice is jam-packed full of STUFF to capture. Every canal has SOMETHING. Every corner has more SOMETHING. Every something has... SOMETHING. My Google Maps is literally just pins coated over Venice. 

Again, this was a very safe area to walk around, which is odd, since I thought it's be full of crime. but no, thankfully it was very safe and had decent police presence. There's a good variety of shops worth visiting here. I found 2 Enzo Ferrari shops, some amazing cafés worth visiting and clothing shops I'd never have the wealth to buy anything from. I mean, it's not as posh as shops in London, or what you'd expect from most other cities, but considering the cramped nature of Venice, there's still a decent amount of variety to enjoy. Me being me, I appreciated anywhere that sold Croissants and Pizza slices. On the first day, I enjoyed a good luncheon sitting near the gondola parking, with a cool view of San Giorgio Maggiore in the distance.