Venice Accademia Bridge Dawn Light Trails Grand Canal
Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell’Accademia) Venice
I was excited! I was buzzing! The reason? Because on this early Winter’s morning, I was going out in the darkness to get a shot of Breaking Dawn from Accademia Bridge, looking down the Grand Canal towards the beautiful Santa Maria della Salute.
Venice had badly flooded and my trip had been uncertain. It had been on and off, and then finally on again.
On arriving in the city, by water bus (vaporetti), I had to travel across St. Mark’s square, which was flooded. To avoid getting wet, I had to climb up onto a specially erected walkway. I could see colorful reflections of people in the floodwaters below.
Luckily, for the residents and businesses of Venice, over the course of my visit, there was little further rain. Floodwaters receded. There was much sunshine and Venice was looking fabulous.
I headed off into the darkness of a Winter’s morning, to get to Accademia Bridge. This wooden bridge is one of only four bridges that spans the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy. The bridge links San Marco to the Accademia Gallery in Dorsoduro.
Accademia Bridge offers two of the best views in Venice, looking down the Grand Canal, in both directions. The Grand Canal is lined with glorious Renaissance and Gothic Palaces. I chose to take my photo with The Santa Maria della Salute in it.
I was in luck this day! I was so early that there were no handbag salesmen on the bridge. There were no tourists bombing along the bridge trying to get to the best seats in the cafes and restaurant tables running alongside Accademia Bridge.
I took up my position on the bridge and waited and waited for what was to come. Not knowing. Waiting for Breaking Dawn.
What happened next was amazing! It was a crisp Winter’s breaking dawn, which showed off the magnificent Venetian architecture. The buildings lining the Grand Canal now sat under a blue dappled, dawn sky, in their best light.
These beautiful buildings were also lit by the reflections of canal side lighting. I captured the colorful light trails of passing boats.
This is a photo of The Grand Canal at its best.
This is where the magic comes from.
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