highlights of venice tour

Between gondolas and canals, bridges and amazing architecture, let Venice inspire you: embark with us on this three days workshop to discover all the hidden corners of the floating city!

2 nights/3 days

FROM €1590,00 P.P.

all skill levels

easy walking involved




The “floating city” of Venice surely doesn’t need an introduction: it’s unique, plain and simple. There’s nothing else quite like it. The gondolas, the canals, the buildings. It’s just amazing to see how the entire “ecosystem” adapted to the town – from the police to the ambulance, from bread delivery to all sorts of transports.

Photography wise, this town is nothing short of picture-perfect: there are endless scenes that seem to be made exactly for the purpose of being photographed!

We thought and prepared our shortest Venice workshop with the aim of you learning as many things as you can – and visit some of the very best locations that the city has to offer: in this way we will help you make the most out of the time you’ll have in Venice!

workshop itinerary

A small disclaimer before you start diving into the day-by-day itinerary: what you will read here is a “standardized” version of it. In other words a simplified, very rigid schedule created to give you a rough idea of what our days together will look like and a “taste” of some of the locations we will shoot.

If you’d like to get more infos about the locations – you can also visit our Venice Photography Guide, that should give you an even clearer idea of the places and the best times of the year to visit!

Truth is that we never run two identical workshops – due to the weather, due to the light, due to the length of the days at any given time of the year and a bazillion other variables that come into play when dealing with outdoor photography.

Take this general itinerary for what it is – and by any means don’t think that we’ll stick to it at all times!

Pick-up: 10/10:30AM

Time to start our workshop together! On our first day, we will pick you up at the airport (or train station, depending how you prefer to arrive) around mid-morning; the airport is really close to the city – but it might take some time between ferries, traffic and bridges to actually reach our hotel. We will stay downtown really close to St. Mark Square – the prettiest part of Venice – where all the main photography locations are.

Lunch: 12:30PM

After dropping the luggages at the hotel we will take a first stroll around town, where you will be able to admire the amazing architecture together with gondoliers, canals and bridges: all the things that made Venice so famous all over the world!

We will end our morning walk with a delicious lunch somewhere downtown.

Hotel Check-in & Afternoon Break: approx. 2:30/4:30PM

After our tasty lunch together, we’ll return back to the hotel to check in and take a breath before hitting the road again.

Sunset Session: 5/8PM (depending on sunset time)

Here we are: let’s start our first photography session together! During our first sunset we will visit the amazing Riva degli Schiavoni, one of the most iconic views of Venice just out of St. Mark Square: we will find endless different compositions along the shore – playing with several different subjects such as gondolas, churches and small wooden piers. An amazing location for long exposures too! See the images down here for reference.

Dinner: 8:30PM

It’s been a long day: finally we will have the chance to sit down and have a warm meal with some wine to end it in the best way!

Sunrise Session: 5:00/8AM (depending on sunrise time)

Before the first lights appear in the sky – we’ll already be out headed to our sunrise location: the Accademia bridge, another impressive view of the Venice’ Gran Canal.

Breakfast & Morning Break: 8/9:00AM

By the time we’ll be back at the hotel, I’m sure that you will be very much looking forward to having a nice breakfast and a bit of a break to gain some energies back.

Visit and Lunch in Burano: 9:00AM/2:30PM

It won’t be long before we meet again: the reason why we take a shorter break compared to many other our workshops is because we want to beat everyone else and reach the small island of Burano before them: the place tends to be quite calm and empty till late morning generally, then the crowds start to flock in. The ferry will take around 45 minutes to reach Burano from Venice, so arriving there around 10 will give us some time to shot in peace.

Afternoon Break: 2:30/5:30PM

Since we haven’t really got any rest till very early this morning – we will use these couple hours to gain some energies back while preparing for the sunset session.

Sunset Session: 5:30/8PM (depending on sunset time)

Time to head out again – this time to the incredible Rialto Bridge, which we are going to shoot from a bunch of different angles! Your instructor then, depending on how’s the light and the crowds, will decide where to spend the “real” golden hour.

Dinner: 8:30/9PM

After twilight is gone, we will walk to the restaurant and finally get a well deserved dinner before heading to bed!

Sunrise Session: 5:30/8AM (depending on sunrise time)

We are mentioning one last sunrise in the itinerary, even in our very last day: since you’ll probably have to pack things up and get ready for your trip back home, you are 100% free to decide whether you’d like to go for it or maybe just sleep in and get ready a bit later. Our recommendation is to see how the weather looks like, depending also on what conditions we got the previous day and then decide.

Breakfast & Check-out: 8:00/9:30AM

Time to pack everything up, get some “juice” for the trip back home and start our journey (yes, everything in Venice is a “journey”) back towards the airport (or the train station)!

Drop-off: 10:00AM/10:30PM

After one last ferry ride and some walking, it’s unfortunately time to say goodbye: your instructor will help you take the luggages into the building and wish you a safe flight back home!

You have two different ways to secure your spot on any available workshop date:

– Scroll down, select the package that more fits your needs, fill in your details and follow the process to the check-out. You will be able to leave a refundable deposit (500€ x person most of the times) via credit/debit card, bank transfer or even Paypal.

– Scroll down to the very end of the page to find the contact form or visit the “Contact Us” page to, well.. Contact us! We will be more than happy to help you with any request you have and set up the ideal workshop you have in your mind – and ultimately give you all the details to complete the deposit and secure your spot on the tour.

Down here above the price you’ll find a list of the most important things included in each package, but for an in-depth answer check our FAQs page!
All our quotes are always based on a double room occupancy: that means that if you are traveling here by yourself, we will automatically add the so-called “single supplement” to your price.

Why? So that you to get your own room for yourself without having to share it with anyone else. The single supplement is something we add at cost price (if not less), and as annoying as it might be, that’s something that unfortunately we can’t avoid.

That’s also how we manage to guarantee every workshop departure, even if you are the only participant for that date.

Of course you can opt for the single supplement even if you are traveling with friends and you like to have your own personal space.

– Digital Camera (preferably a DSLR or mirrorless camera, APS-C, micro 4/3 and FF will be more than fine);
– An ultrawide lens (e.g. Nikon 14-24mm, Canon 16-35mm, Tamron 15-30mm, Tokina 16-28mm etc); we recommend a lens with a wide maximum aperture (like f/2.8) in case we might do some night photography.

– A standard zoom lens (e.g. Nikon/Canon/Sigma 24-70mm or 24-105mm);

– A telephoto zoom lens (e.g. various Nikon/Canon/Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm);

– A super telephoto zoom lens (e.g. Sigma/Tamron 150-600mm); this lens is not necessary but we recommend it anyway since it allows to capture the far away details of the landscapes;

– A sturdy tripod that permits to do some long exposure photos, specially at twilight;

– A set of ND filters; these are the only filters we feel to recommend, since they become useful when you need to stretch the exposure time a little bit during some difficult light conditions;

– A camera remote to avoid blurry shots.

A few weeks before your departure, we will contact you suggesting the best clothes to bring with you based on the weather forecasts and the current temperatures, so that you will be perfectly equipped by the time of your arrival!



From 1590,00€ per person
  • accommodations (3* or better) (double occupancy)
  • breakfasts
  • Car transports
  • gas, tolls, road taxes, etc
  • pick up/drop off at venice airport
  • editing sessions
  • assistance and guidance by a professional local photographer 24/7


From 2090,00€ per person
  • accommodations (3*/4*or better) (double occupancy)
  • three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • car transports
  • public transports tickets (if needed)
  • attractions tickets (monuments, towers, etc)
  • gas, tolls, road taxes, etc
  • pick up/drop off at venice airport
  • assistance and guidance by a professional local photographer 24/7
  • chance to make it a private workshop at no added cost



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David Havlik
David Havlik
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anand Nirgude
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John Crifasi
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Ena Singh
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