The Magical Beauty Of Venice Italy At Night! From Watery San Marco Square’s Live Music To The Smallest Streets!

The Beauty Of Nightfall In Venice!

I have posted about how beautiful Venice is, but now I want to focus on a city that becomes even more magical as night falls, like it is doing here on the “bridge of sighs…”

As lights are turned on, the last Gondoliers finish their day, and everywhere you turn there is a new photo op:

As darkness settles in, things that were beautiful in sunlight become even more fascinating….

Alex and I wandered through Venice one night – starting at the most popular attraction in the city:

Welcome To San Marco Square For A Night Full Of Music!

Yes, as night falls in Venice, San Marco Square stays alive with crowds of people gathering in the courtyard to listening to live music being performed in the cafes that ring the square!

Several restaurants have seating in the courtyard, where you pay a small fee and order drinks, while music is performed for you live – take a look:

Recently there was a report that 70% of Venice was underwater due to a very high tide…when we were there, there was a sheen of water an inch deep in many parts of San Marco Square:

After the performance, we wandered through some parts of Venice that weren’t for tourists – small alleyways that were desolate and almost eerie:

No matter how many side streets you wander, all roads lead back to the Rialto Bridge, where night gives you a whole new view of Venice:

By the time we got back to our hotel, the city has begun to slow down, so we sat at our bar and had one last drink, with this view of the Grand Canal…

Our trip to Venice was really memorable for so many reasons, like the Water Taxis that showcase the Grand Canal when you are on them:

I love these rides! One day we took a Water Taxi to Murano to see Artisans there create works of art out of glass:

Click here to see video of a Stallion created from a blob of molten glass in two minutes!

One of the most entertaining things about Venice is arriving there, especially when you do it by boat!

You can see more of our arrival here:

Let me know if you’ve experienced the magic of Venice at night!

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23 replies

  1. Thank you, John for the stunning photos. We’ve been to Europe many times. Venice is surely a place to visit next!

    • Miriam, it was our second time and was even more magical this time…they are really suffering from flooding, and while my photo of th reflection in San Marco Square is beautiful, it’s because the Square was partially under water!

      • The global warming is affecting everywhere. We went to Alaska in August, people there see the changes every day! Hope to go before some places disappear!

      • Yes, I still don’t understand how global warming/climate change became a political issue because it’s anything BUT…and the impact is noticeable and in some cases irreversible…

      • I think Al Gore first started to campaign for it and the issue was linked to his position so it became a political issue. The global warming was not a great impact and people didn’t know where to look for signs. Now years later, the whole world is affected, the rain forest, the arctic, the land and ocean… now environmentalists, scientist, and even local people voice as loud as possible, saying the only way to save the planet is for the human being to do something. It’s still up to the people in power to set international guidelines of dos and don’ts, but as you said, in some cases, they are irreversible. I saw some places built their homes higher and higher above the water.

      • Yes, I hope we all pay attention to the issue now.

  2. Venice is on my bucket list. It looks gorgeous by night though pictures of the little alleys remind me of the film Don’t Look Now.

    • This was our second trip and it was even more beautiful this time…and while the narrow alleyways at night ARE indeed a bit spooky, it’s completely safe and you are never more than a few feet away from water – and people! Thanks for the comment!

  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Things got away from me today so instead of a Blogger Daily, I thought I would pass the baton to John Rieber and share his fantastic photographic guide to Venice at night. A stunning city that I have never visited, but certainly should one day… I hear that they were badly flooded during the recent storms but as these photographs illustrate this is a very beautiful and romantic place to visit.. packed with history and magnificent architecture. Please head over and view all the images. thanks Sally

  4. It is even more gorgeous at night according to your photos. We felt the same about Paris.

  5. I love Venice. When did you two go? I liked the sheen of water reflecting Piazza San Marco the best.

    • Cindy, my wife and I went on The Orient Express Train from Venice to Budapest then Paris…we did the trip in late September, departing from Venice on our 20th wedding anniversary…it was a perfect getaway, and only our second time in Venice, which was truly magical…that reflection shot came sadly true a few weeks later when Venice has historic flooding! Thank you for the comment as always!

  6. I’m sold, John. It’s a beautiful and magical place. Now I just need to find the money to go there. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. Venice looks so lovely, John. I have been to Italy but we did not go to Venice. I will have to plan a visit for the future.

  8. I have not experienced Venice at night but your photos convinced me I need to. Thank you.

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