Venice – the small details, Travel Photo Mondays #33

Venice – capturing the small details

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.


Venice - the small details

Gondola detail


This city totally draws you in, it’s almost overwhelming….there’s so much to look at and observe all at the same time.  Sometimes it seems like the only way to truly appreciate a place with so much meticulous detail and distraction is to focus on the macro level and just what’s in front of you. Even better yet is to focus on the simple and yet sublime – in looking more carefully and at the very small details,  you can start to understand and see how truly exceptional the city is.


Venice - the small details

Mailbox with angel


Many little details attract me and draw my immediate attention when I’m walking down some of the quiet alleyways, away from all the madhem and bustle of the all the tourists pressing to find the top attractions to the city. But for me these little impressions that draw my eyes to focus on them for a moment makes me appreciate the special things that no-one else sees while touring the city.

Here are some things along my walk that drew me in for a closer look:


Venice - the small details

Fresh produce via boat


Trying some of the delicious seafood at any of the small bacari (Venetian bars) is definitely a must do experience…so many Cicchetti (small bites) to savor!


Venice - the small details

Fried seafood to go





Venice - the small details

Brass knob





Venice - the small details

Church stone detail


Stunning artwork like Murano glass installations dot several locations on Murano island, you must see them and visit some of the amazing galleries there.


Venice - the small details

Murano Glass in a park setting


Venice - the small details



Ornate door details


Venice - the small details

An intricate and color door entry






Venice - the small details

Venetian style windows





Venice - the small details

Gondolas with blue covers





Venice - the small details

Windows and fountains


Beautiful crafts and artistry when you window shop and look at all the amazing work from Venetian artisans. The leather masks below are a fine example of a specialized craft made in Venice.

Venice - the small details

Leather crafted masks


I’m doing a short series of articles about Venice,  if you haven’t seen my first post, it’s about capturing Venice in black and white which I really enjoyed working on, have a look here or check out my post on 10 random thoughts and advice visiting Venice.

If your looking to visit Venice soon, check out some of these places to stay in Venice so you can find those little details to capture yourself.

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49 Responses to Venice – the small details, Travel Photo Mondays #33

  1. travelnwrite February 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Noel, These are absolutely lovely and bring back such wonderful memories of Venice. You caught its mystery and magic.

  2. Lindsay February 28, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Noel, your photos astound me, as always! I’ve been to Venice several times, but this post makes me want to go back- especially to appreciate (and attempt to capture) the beauty there!

  3. IntrovertlyBubbly February 28, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Noel you are right when you say things draw you closer in Venice…everything is full of character and totally amazing… I did not want to leave that still, calm beautiful place

  4. Jessica | A Passion and A Passport February 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Ive never been to Venice, but your post makes me really want to go! Gorgeous photos, as always!

  5. Nancy Thompson February 27, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Stunning photos! Your eye for the small, unique details make every photo worth lingering over for a while. Color, light, composition, detail. You are a master and I have much to learn. Thank you for the inspiration – both travel and photography.

  6. Chris Boothman February 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    I love how you focus on those intricate details in your photography. It’s the small things that matter and the best pictures are those that focus solely on something truly unique and tell a story in just one shot. A place as beautiful as Venice deserves quality photography and you have certainly delivered here. I would also add that the image of the boats in the harbor is probably my favorite but maybe that’s because I have a soft spot for that sort of thing.

    We are honored to be able to link up to this great series of posts!

  7. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy February 26, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Great photos! I really enjoyed Venice 🙂

  8. Paul (@luxury__travel) February 26, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    It’s a while since I’ve been to Venice but it looks as though little has changed.

    You’ve captured some great details in your photos, Noel… I particularly like the look of the Cicchetti!

  9. Suzanne Fluhr February 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Noel, based on my one visit to Venice, I’d say you captured her essence in your photos. It’s a fantastic place to get lost in—and chances are you will.

  10. Jennifer February 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Lovely photos! It’s nice to be reminded of the details. I tend to miss them since I live near Venice and go there all the time.

  11. Samantha @mytanfeet February 25, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Haven’t been to Venice yet but lovely photos! I would love to try some of that seafood!

  12. Jesh StG February 25, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    This takes me back a few decades ago. You’re right, Venice is overwhelming – it would even be without the canals and the boats! I remember we looked at a few very skilled glass blowing demonstrations.We came by Hoovercraft from Copper in former Zecho-Slovakia and spent the day… one day is not enough!

  13. Michela @Rocky Travel Blog February 25, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    It’s always nice to see how visitors can capture small details of meaningful moments in life, that often become “unseen” to people living in the place! Beautiful photos! :)2

  14. Serena February 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    Awesome photos!
    Yeah, in Venice everything is amazing, from the little details to the panoramic views.
    I always come back with hundreds of photos every single time I go.
    Have you visited Burano and Torcello islands? I love them and their scenery.

    • Noel February 25, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      Oh yes, that is going to be my next post actually, stay tuned

  15. Neva Fels@ Retire for the Fun of it February 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    The glass statue is very striking and I imagine when the sun hits it, the color really pops. The blue covers over the boats are a very striking subject that you photographed.

  16. Neva Fels@ Retire for the Fun of it February 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    The glass statue is striking and I imagine when the sun hits it, it really pops. I also loved the serene, yet bold look of the blue covers on the boats.

  17. Marilyn Jones February 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Simply breathtaking photography!!

  18. Patti February 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    I look forward to the day when we land in Italy, but we’re waiting until we can stay for at least 3 months to get a good feel for the country, definitely Venice is on the list! Lovely photos.

  19. Nancie February 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Nice shots. Vistied Venice 3 times (many years ago), and never tire of the magic.

  20. Suzanne (Travelbunny) February 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Fabulous photos – you’re right, in Venice the devil’s in the detail!

  21. Anna Parker February 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    We are off to venice in early April and this is a great taster – I get the impression we don’t have to ‘hunt’ for these sites, they are everywhere!!??

    He blue covered gondolas, that is such an evocative photo that ties the city to its name, did you have to get up early for that??

    • Noel February 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      HI Anna,
      Yes it’s all above keying in on details, the Venice scene is almost overwhelming and then you include all the tourists so it is better to focus on the unique that stands out outside of typical landmarks and attractions.

  22. Kathryn Burrington February 24, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    Some more lovely photographs here but I especially love the first one. You’ve given us a very refreshing, alternative view of Venice (apart from perhaps the row of gondalas with their blue covers but I could never grow tired of seeing their photographs).

  23. Phoebe @Lou Messugo February 24, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    Hi Noel I’ve just come across your lovely blog and Monday photography link up for the first time, to which I’ve added a post. Thanks for hosting. I love how your images portray a different vision of Venice here. I too love the smaller details.

  24. Surfing the Planet February 24, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Noel, I really loved this photo tour! I am from Venice, and I always like to see wonderful pictures of my city. You really seized the atmosphere in your pictures, thanks for the post!

    • Noel February 24, 2014 at 8:11 am #

      Wow, I didn’t know you are from this gorgeous city, that’s a first! Thanks for connecting with me.

  25. Catherine February 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Beautiful shots! You really captured some of the city’s loveliest of details…

  26. muzachan February 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    Great photos, I like especially the glass statue 🙂

  27. Rajlakshmi February 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    woww gorgeous photos 🙂

  28. muzachan February 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Sorry, the first link is broken. Please delete…

  29. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} February 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    I really like this detailed look at Venice. That saw in the produce boat is intriguing. I wonder what they use it for? The food looks delicious. I just want to reach into the computer and grab a bite.

    • Noel February 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

      The vendor really took pride with his produce and it really looked amazing, I was quite impressed with his styling and all the textural qualities of the produce and he had a crowd buying and also taking pictures like me

  30. Sand In My Suitcase February 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    Gorgeous! The vivid blue gondolas really caught our eye 🙂

  31. Marilyn Armstrong February 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Absolutely marvelous pictures. Almost as good as visiting for real 🙂

  32. budget jan February 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    The brass knob photo is my favourite. One of my favourite memories of Venice is of Fritto Misto or deep fried mixed Adriatic small fish and your bowl of seafood looks just like it. Instead of having ours at a small bar we walked, got lost, walked and found a little restaurant. The dish was memorable but we could never find the restaurant again 🙂

    • Noel February 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      It’s a very popular dish at most of the bacari in town of of course served with fried polenta cakes underneath!

  33. Nancie Lee February 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Beautiful photos. I love the close detail and clarity. Venice (Italy on a whole) is top on my list to visit next. I can imagine that I will be overwhelmed with so many things to photograph! How long were you in Venice? I can’t wait for a gondola ride!! Oh, I want that hippo!! 😉

  34. Briona February 23, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Ohhhh, I love these pictures, particularly the mailboxes! Glad I didn’t choose Venice for my post this week – my photos are poor in comparison!!! 🙂

  35. Hannah February 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    You always manage to capture the magic with your photos;those gondolas look so regal- even the one filled with food! I’ll have to keep an eye out for some of these details when I’m back in Venice in April 🙂

  36. Mary {The World Is A Book} February 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Love all the details you saw and captured, Noel. They’re absolutely beautiful. We cannot wait to go back to Venice. It’s such a wonderful place to just get lost and wander. It’s such a photographer’s dream. Gorgeous photos as always. That Murano glass sculpture is amazing.

  37. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse February 23, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    I loved your pictures of Venice, I’ve always wanted to visit!

  38. Caitlyn February 23, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    Such lovely photos! I especially loved the close-up of the gondola, the water is so clear. Thanks for inviting me over to the link-up, what a great idea!

    • Noel February 23, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      Hi Caitlyn,
      The water is clear but I would be afraid to touch it 🙂 Thanks for joining us today!

  39. calvin chaney February 23, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Beautiful detail


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