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Best spots for sunset watching in Venice

by Silke Elzner

Venice is indeed one of the most romantic cities in the world. What makes it even more romantic and special are those gorgeous and golden sunsets.  You will simply love Venice sunsets, and no two sunsets or experiences are alike. One of the most popular ways to watch the sunset here is on the waters. You can drift on the boat, with a glass of champagne and gaze at those glorious hues dancing along the horizon as the sun goes down.

Browse Venice tours to make the most of your experience. After all, touring with the locals will lead you to some of the best spots from where one can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in Venice. Capture those golden red colors as they mingle with the pristine waters in your camera. Learn to appreciate nature and create some warm memories of Venice and its golden sunsets.

Burano Island with its colourful houses adds a special charm to any Venice sunset. Its neighbour Murano island is among the best spots for enjoying the last light of the day.

Burano Island with its colourful houses adds a special charm to any Venice sunset. Its neighbour Murano island is among the best spots for enjoying the last light of the day.

The best time to enjoy sunsets in Venice

The best time to enjoy sunsets in Venice is around the beginning of the year when the sun sets a bit early. It is a good idea to check with the local paper about the right time to watch the sunset. Take seasonal considerations in mind; for example, while Venice can be chilly during January and February, the sunsets can be amazing (read here what other reasons there are to travel to Venice in winter). Make sure that you are at a good vantage point to gaze at the spectacular evening sky.

Here are some of the best sites and spots to enjoy a sunset in Venice.

Accademia Bridge

Millions of tourists head for the wooden bridge not just because it is a popular tourist destination, but also because the sunsets from here are simply amazing. Accademia Bridge is a great spot itself for watching sunsets.

Rialto bridge

Thousands of tourists arrive here at the Rialto bridge, which is the symbol of Venice. The numbers increase during the sunset as many wait here to catch the most beautiful view of the sunsets.

Fondamenta Delle Zattere

The long promenade faces the picturesque Giudecca island, and from here one can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the city that gradually takes on a golden hue when the sun sets.

Fins’ outdoors

The outdoor seating spot at Fins’ overlooks the beach and the pier and is a favorite sunset spot among the locals. Visitors can enjoy some delicious food and drinks and watch the sun go down.

Venice Ale House

The Venice Ale House offers a great view right on the beach. Enjoy a great beer selection along with delicious food and get ready for a fantastic sunset. This is one of the few places where you could enjoy both great views and fantastic beer choices.

Alhambra Road

Another favorite sunset spot is Alhambra Road which is a nice place for special dinners and catching beautiful sunsets. It is indeed exciting to see everyone gushing over the glorious skies and snapping pictures of beautiful sunsets.

Midnight Pass in Osprey

Many prefer to go to the Midnight Pass in Osprey by boat and via the Intracoastal Waterway. After parking, they walk over to the beach, and it is very peaceful and quiet here.  This is one of the best spots to enjoy sunsets in complete solitude and undisturbed by any crowds.

Murano island

Murano island is one of the main islands here and is well known for its centenary glass art. Because of its strategic location, the island is indeed one of the best places to watch the sunset. Murano is also popular for its glass-blowing industry.

Terrazza Danieli

Another great way to watch the sunset is to dine at Terrazza Danieli, which is a favorite restaurant with a good view too. You can enjoy panoramic views of the city from its rooftop bar as well as a gorgeous sunset view.

Hotel Londra Palace

Hotel Londra Palace with balconies overlooking St. Mark’s Basin is just a perfect spot to catch an idyllic sunset. One can watch the sunset between La Salute and San Giorgio churches for an unforgettable experience.

Visit Venice in winter when the light takes on a very special quality that adds some magic to a Venice sunset.

Visit Venice in winter when the light takes on a very special quality that adds some magic to a Venice sunset.

Finding your own spot to enjoy the Venice twilight

One is sure to get many different opinions as there are sunsets in Venice. Each one has their own favorite spot, and the above list is indeed not the most exhaustive one. Venice is full of different sites and spots from where you could enjoy a great view of the sunset.

Explore the city and see how you can get some amazing shots of that faintly glowing sky. Capture some memorable photographs of this extremely photogenic city. Just walk around the city and find your own favorite spot to enjoy the golden hour before sunset. It is a good idea to linger on after sunset to enjoy the whole experience well after dusk.

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