Venice is my favorite city in the world. Yeah, there's lots of tourists, but there's a good reason for that: Venice is awesome. That's why tourists don't flock to Hayward, California.
Also, you can avoid the crowds by going to parts of Venice that are less popular. Parts of the main island (far from Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal) have almost no tourists. Murano and Burano are also somewhat quiet. And the other islands, like St. Eramus, are almost dead.
Below are 27 photos of Venice, but first, enjoy this slide show video!
(If you are in Germany, you won't be able to see this video because of the soundtrack restrictions. So watch the Vimeo version, which appears after the 27 photos.)
If you're learning to do photography, Venice is perfect. A blind guy could take stunning photos in Venice. I'm not blind, but here are some photos to motivate you to visit, or revisit Venice.
Piazza San Marco Basilica.
Piazza San Marco.
LEFT: A flying rat. RIGHT: I think this place is called St. Georgio island.
Ana next to a colorful house in Burano.
Ana in Burano.
Torcello has almost no tourists, but it's like what Venice might have been 500 years ago. Simple.
I've been to Venice many times, but I've never taken a gondola ride. Someday I will.
Morning light in Burano.
Burano has a leaning tower and nice quiet streets.
Burano on left, Murano on right.
The Grand Canel near Il Ponte Rialto.
Il Cimitero - the cemetery.
In Burano, I believe.
An art exhibition in Venice.
Ana in color.
More pretty stuff in Venice.
Ana proving she can jump higher than I can.
Venice is strange, in a very good way.
Torcello, Santa Fosca.
Leaving Venice. I've been there 6 times, but I could be there for a lifetime. Truly an amazing, special place.
Here's another look at Venice. A superb video:
If you are in Germany, then YouTube blocks the video due to music copyright issues. So watch it below. The resolution is a bit less, but you'll still enjoy it!