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Photos Of 19th Century Venice, Italy

  • A group of women
  • A small group of people gathers at the piazza in front of St Marks Basilica
  • A south-facing window of Ducal Palace looking out towards a lagoon
  • Animal heads carved into pillars at Ducal Palace
  • Beggars, 1870
  • Ca Foscari (palazzo Faskeri), Palazzo Giustinian and Ca Rezzonico
  • Columns of St. Mark and St. Theodore.
  • Courtyard of Doges Palace, 1880
  • Courtyard of the Abbey of San Gregorio, 1870
  • Courtyard of the Ducal Palace
  • Fish Market, 1870
  • Grand Canal (1)
  • Grand Canal (2)
  • Grand Canal (3)
  • Moored boats in the harbour at Arona, Italy on a summer day in July 1858
  • Noahs vine carved into pillars at Ducal Palace
  • Palace of Ca Loredan
  • Palazzo Gritti-Badoer with laundry hang drying on lines outside
  • Panorama of Venice from the bell tower of St Marks
  • Panorama of Venice
  • St Marks Campanile, 1875
  • St Marks Square
  • St. Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace
  • Street, 1870.
  • The Bridge of Sighs
  • The Doges Palace
  • The Ducal Palace, Zecca di Venezia and the St Marks Campanile bell tower
  • The Giants Staircase of the Doges Palace, 1875
  • The Old Man and fishing boat in Chioggia, 1870
  • The Rialto Bridge, 1875
  • The southern facade of St. Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace
  • Unsigned (1)
  • Unsigned (2)
  • Unsigned (3)
  • Venetian canal
  • Venice - The Dock
  • Venice
  • Venices tranquil Grand Canal and Ca dOro palace under restoration in 1845
  • View of the Biblioteca Marciana, Campanile St Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace

Venice is an Italian city sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Check out these amazing vintage photos of 19th century Venice. These 170-year-old images reveal what life was like in the world’s most famous canal city before it was mobbed by hordes of gondola-riding tourists.

Pictures 1-31 has been taken by Italian photographer, Carlo Naya. Pictures 32-39 has been taken by English art critic, John Ruskin.

1. Venetian canal.

Venetian canal

2. Venice.

Venice

3. View of the Biblioteca Marciana, Campanile St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Panorama taken from the Island of St. George and a gondola.

View of the Biblioteca Marciana, Campanile St Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace

4. Courtyard of the Ducal Palace.

Courtyard of the Ducal Palace

5. Grand Canal.

Grand Canal (1)

6.

Grand Canal (2)

7.

Grand Canal (3)

8. A group of women.

A group of women

9. Courtyard of the Abbey of San Gregorio, 1870.

Courtyard of the Abbey of San Gregorio, 1870

10. Courtyard of Doge’s Palace, 1880.

Courtyard of Doges Palace, 1880

11. The Doge’s Palace.

The Doges Palace

12. Palace of Ca’ Loredan.

Palace of Ca Loredan

13. Ca’ Foscari (palazzo Faskeri), Palazzo Giustinian and Ca’ Rezzonico.

Ca Foscari (palazzo Faskeri), Palazzo Giustinian and Ca Rezzonico

14. Columns of St. Mark and St. Theodore.

Columns of St. Mark and St. Theodore.

15. St. Mark’s Campanile, 1875.

St Marks Campanile, 1875

16. The Giants Staircase of the Doges Palace, 1875.

The Giants Staircase of the Doges Palace, 1875

17. The Rialto Bridge, 1875.

The Rialto Bridge, 1875

18. The Bridge of Sighs.

The Bridge of Sighs

19. Beggars, 1870.

Beggars, 1870

20. Panorama of Venice.

Panorama of Venice

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