Riccordo di Venezia – the book is about the size of a large postcard

Italy, Venice – Then & Now – Part 3

This is Part 3 in our Venice “Then & Now” series of photos. For more information please read Part 1, which explains more about this project visit.

This image was taken in Piazzetta dei Leoncini, a small square of Venice annexed to Piazza San Marco. A Piazzetta is a small extension of a piazza. It is located between the northern facade of the Basilica of San Marco, the Patriarchal Palace and the church of San Basso. The Piazzetta dei Leoncini received its name because of the presence of two beautiful lions in red Verona marble sculpted by Giovanni Bonazza in 1722. Behind the well-head is St Marks Square and the Basilica is to the left in the image.

We have tried to get the images as close to the original as possible however this has not always been possible but it gives you a pretty good idea of the “Then & Now” concept. We have used Photoshop to blend some of the original images into the new photo to enhance the concept.

Piazzetta dei Leoncini

Above: This is the original image from the Ricordo di Venezia. As the publication is not dated we’re not 100% sure when this was taken, but would guess it to be 1920’s or 1930s.

Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom

Above: The approximate same view on our visit

Photography Planner

Above: This is the same image as the first however we have blended the well-head from a shot taken above. Some of the pigeons on the steps are also from the original image. 


2023 Japan Photography Workshop

The text at the back of this image in the book is as follows –

Piazza San Marco seen from the Patriarchal Palace” 

“At the sides of the old and new Procuratie; in the front, the wing joining the two Procuratie constructed by order of Napoleon 1st, after the demolition of the old Chuurch (typo) of San Geminiano (1810, architect Giuseppe Soli).”


Stay tuned for more in this series. If you would like to see Part 2 of the series click on the link below.


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