Venice is beautiful at any time of day, but as the sun starts to set over the lagoon city skyline, it becomes especially magical. Here are a few of the best spots in town to enjoy the sublime spectacle of a Venetian Spring sunset.
Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore: Take the number 2 vaporetto to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, and ascend the ancient bell-tower of Palladio’s Renaissance basilica for dramatic 360 degree views over the lagoon.
Fondamenta delle Zattere: This long boulevard is the perfect place for an early evening aperitivo; choose from one of the many canal-side bars and cafes such as the civilized terrace of Gelateria Nico, or lively local hot-spot Chioschetto Zattere.
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi: Indulge in some retail therapy in one of the world’s most glamorous and historic shopping emporiums, and then scale the scarlet escalator to the top floor, where you’ll find a roof terrace offering spectacular views over the Grand Canal.
Riva degli Schiavoni: This sweeping promenade is an ideal location for a late-afternoon stroll. Take the vaporetto to Sant’Elena, and as you wander back towards Piazza San Marco, past the tranquil Park of Remembrance and picturesque Public Gardens, marvel as the sun starts to set on the horizon beyond Santa Maria della Salute.
Skyline Bar, Hilton Molino Stucky: Unwind after a busy day with a sundowner and chill-out beats at this hip cocktail bar on the roof of the old Molino Stucky flour mill, which offers breathtaking vistas over Venice from the Giudecca Canal to Piazza San Marco and beyond.