A good friend told me that we had to go to the T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi by DFS (an extremely fancy luxury department store). Not to shop mind you but to go right up the top to their spectacular rooftop terrace of this restored 16th-century trading hall. He promised me the best view in Venice and he wasn’t wrong :).
The DFS is right next to the Rialto bridge and on the bend of the grand canal so it has spectacular 180° plus views over Venice.
DFS Rooftop Terrace
The view was of course amazing so it lent itself to some wide panoramic images. This panorama consisted of 8 vertical exposures and I’ve included both the colour original (and you can see the heavy smog cover over the city) and one I’ve converted to monochrome. I’d be interested in your thoughts as to which you prefer (I have my favourite)?
Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.
This ten (10) frame panorama is a little wider and includes my three girls who joined me for the view.
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi
A look down the grand canal from up on the DFS rooftop – peeking through the haze.
The Grand Canal
This is almost 12 noon and it’s still incredibly hazy from all the smog.
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