Aerial Tour of Venice
Venice is one of Italy's most well recognized and treasured sights. The magnificent Rennaissance city in the Veneto region is, unfortunately, fighting a losing battle against tourism and water encroachment, leading some to fear that its days may be numbered. In this video, top contributor and drone pilot Oliver Astrologo takes us on an aerial tour of this magical place, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This video is nominated in our Cities & Urban category for the 2nd annual Drone Video Awards.
Venice: Italy's Endangered City
Using a collection of filming gear, Alin Constantin gives us a winter's view of the ancient floating city, Venice, Italy. His gear includes a DJI Mavic Pro for aerials and a GoPro Hero 5 + Karma Stabilizer for ground shots, giving us a nice blend of views. Along his journey he visits three of Venice's islands: Lido, home to the Venice Film Festival; Burano, known for its brightly colored fisherman's houses; and Murano, world-renowned for its history in glass-making.
Aerial Tour of Venice
Contributor Duminiciucbogdan created this spectacular drone video of Venice, the Italian city which was once the center of a powerful empire. Given its storied history, it's not surprising that Venice has been featured prominently in literature for centuries. The spectacular city you see in the video was the setting for Shakespeare's drama Merchant of Venice, the great German novelist Thomas Mann's 20th century classic Death in Venice, and countless modern novels and short stories.
Tilt Shift of Venice
Content creator Thedronetrip used a DJI Mavic Pro drone and some very creative post-production editing to create this stunning aerial view of Venice, Italy. The aerial views of the city's canals will show you why this UNESCO World Heritage Cultural site has been used as the shooting location for numerous feature-length movies. Notably, Venice was used as a shooting location for the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale as well as the 1979 installment Moonraker.
The Venetian Lagoon
Alberto Ardit used a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial view of one of the world's most famous lagoons. The Venetian Lagoon is a nearly-enclosed body of water off the Adriatic Sea, in which the island-city of Venice is situated. It has a surface around of around 515 square km, or just over 200 square miles, including the islands within it. The lagoon, which is accessible from the Adriatic Sea by three small inlets, was only formed about 6,000 years ago.
Verona: Veneto's Second City
Contributor dronextravelxearth created this beautiful aerial tour of the Italian city of Verona, the "second city" of the Veneto region after Venice. It is considered one of the great cultural treasures of Italy, on a par with Florence and Venice. The video includes footage of Teatro Roma, Ponte Pietra, Castel San Pietro, Duomo di Verona, Santuario Don Calabria, and the Adige River. Ride along for this amazing bird's eye tour of the city, which was famously the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Verona and Sirmione: Italian Cultural Treasures
Verona is the second largest city in northeastern Italy's Veneto region, after Venice. Like Venice, Verona is considered one of Italy's great cultural centers; among other distinctions, it was the setting of Romeo and Juliet. Lying just to the west of Verona is Sirmione, a small town at the south end of Lake Garda, which is Italy's largest lake and the border with neighboring Lombardy. In this video, contributor FreD does a marvelous job of filming both of these treasures with a drone.
Treviso, Treasure in Veneto
Contributor Irisfilmproductions created this beautiful aerial tour of Treviso, a medium-sized city in northern Italy. It's the capital of the province of the same name, which is part of the Veneto region that covers much of northeastern Italy. An ancient city, for several centuries it was part of the Venetian Empire. While it still stands in the shadow of the great city of Venice, Treviso is a notable center for fashion and design. The city was also of high strategic importance during World War I.
Monte Grappa: World War I Battle Site
Contributor Alberto Ardit used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this stunning video of Monte Grappa, a mountain in northern Italy. It sits in the Vicenza, Treviso, Belluno provinces of the Veneto region. Part of the Venetian Prealps range, its peak reaches an altitude of about 1.8k meters (around 5.8k ft.). Monte Grappa was the scene of a well known battle in World War I: in late 1917, Italian forces here stopped an advance by the Central Powers which threatened to break into the Venetian Plain.
Cinque Torre, Magnificent Italian Massif
Sgaggio89 created this marvelous drone video of Cinque Torri, a group of mountains in northeastern Italy. Cinque Torri is in Belluno, one of the provinces of the Veneto region. The masif makes up the southwestern boundary of the valley of Cortina d'Ampezzo, the most popular resort town in the Dolomites. The highest peak in the group is around 2.36k meters (about 7.75k ft.). Cinque Torri was the scene of intense artillery duels between Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces during the First World War.
Lessina: Venetian Prealps
Contributor Dronextravelxearth created this amazing video of a paraglider in the Venetian Prealps Mountains of northern Italy. The area filmed is Lessinia, a region of Veneto in the northeastern part of the country, just north of Verona. Sitting between the Venetian Plain and the taller Dolomite Mountains to the north, the Venetian Prealps offer some spectacular and highly accessible alpine scenery. Ride along with this paraglider for an epic ride in these amazing foothills.
Italy's Mountaintop World War I Memorial
Contributor Alessandro created this outstanding drone video of the War Memorial atop Monte Grappa, a mountain in the Veneto region of northern Italy. The video focuses on the memorial located atop the mountain commemorating the Battle of Monte Grappa in the First World War. Built in 1935, the site is the final resting place for remains of over 12,600 soldiers. It's just a small fraction of those killed in this important clash, which took place in late 1917 and threatened to knock Italy out of the war.
Highest Peaks of the Dolomites
Contributor Alberto Ardit created this beautiful drone video of some of the most spectacular mountains in Italy. The Dolomites are a subchain of the Alps which extend across portions of the northeastern regions of the country. The tallest peak of the chain is Marmolada, which straddles the Trentino-Alto-Adigio and Veneto autonomous regions. It's height is just over 3.3k meters, just under 11k ft. above sea level. The video covers Marmolada as well as the neighboring Sella and Pordoi Passes.
Alpago, Beluno Province
Contributor Lucamares created this awesome drone video of Alpago, a small town in northern Italy. It's situated in the Belluno province, one of the eight provinces which comprise Italy's Veneto region. Alpago is located about an hour's drive north of Venice, in the area where the Venetian Plains transitions to the foothills known as the Venetian Prealps. In the video, you'll also get a great bird's eye view of Lago di Santa Croce, an alpine lake which lies near the town.
Asiago Observatory, Padua
Contributor GOMAVIC created this drone video of an observatory in northern Italy. The Asiago Astrophysical Observatory (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Asiago) is near a town of the same name in the Padua province of Italy's Veneto region. It was built in 1942 by the University of Padua, which continues to operate it. Its primary observation equipment is a 1.22 meter spectroscopy telescope which is capable of measuring electromagnetic signals from distant galaxies.
Dolomites: World War I Battlefield
Italy's Dolomite Mountains are stunning in their natural beauty, and their jagged peaks make them among the world's most distinctive looking. One of the most remarkable aspects of the history of these mountains is that they were the scene of heavy fighting in World War I. Artillery duels between Austro-Hungarian and Italian forces in these passes were commonplace during the conflict, which ran for three years and resulted in hundreds of thousands of fatalities and over a million total casualties.
Drei Zinnen: Star Wars Backdrop
Tre Cime di Lavaredo (also known by its German name, Drei Zinnen, are some of the most distinctive looking mountains in the Dolomites of northern Italy. Once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, they now sit on the border between the Veneto and Trentino-Alto-Adigio regions of Italy. The mountains appeared (in computer-modified form) in the 2018 Star Wars deriviative: Solo: A Star Wars Story. You can seen them from a drone's perspective in this amazing video by Alberto Ardit.
Italy's Deadly Valmont Dam
Contributor Daniele Bolgia created this memorable drone video of a famous but never-used dam in northern Italy. Vajont Dam was constructed in the 1950's as a means to harness the Vajont River in the Veneto region. In October, 1963, as its reservoir was being filled, a massive landslide into the lake caused a giant wave of water to come pouring over its wall, the tallest in the world at the time. The resulting "tsunami" killed almost 2,000 people, making it one of history's worst dam accidents.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo: Three Merlons
Contributor Thomas Vitali gives us a great drone's eye view of one of the most iconic spots in the Alps, specifically the Dolomite subrange of northern Italy. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, or Drei Zinnen as they are known in German ("three Merlons") is a three-peaked mountain which covers part of the the South Tyrol and Belluno provinces. While the peaks once formed the Austro-Italian border, Italy's territorial gain of all of South Tyrol in World War I pushed the border well north of here.
Cortina d' Ampezzo: Faloria
Contributor nicolaf degauls created this stunning drone video of Mt. Faloria in northeastern Italy. It's part of the Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy's most well known ski area, which is situated in the Belluno province of the Italy's Veneto region. Cortina d'Ampezzo has appeared in numerous feature movies (including in installments of the James Bond and Pink Panther series), and it also hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. At the Olympics, the Men's Giant Slalom event was held on the slopes of Faloria.
Fortifications of Verona
Contributor dronextravelxearth used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this beautiful aerial video of two important fortifications in Italy's Verona province, part of its Veneto region. The Castello di Montorio castle is a medieval castle located northeast of the city of Verona. In the 19th century, the castle was armed with heavy artillery and became a defensive fortification for the provincial capital. Nearby Forte Preara, which was built nearby in the 19th century, served a similar defensive purpose.
Marcodeb created this remarkable drone video of Mt. Tofana, one of the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy. It's one of the main mountains of the Cortina D'Ampezzo, the most popular ski resort in the Dolomites. Located in the Belluno province of the Veneto region, the ski resort was the filming location for a famous ski chase scene in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981), the 13th in the series. In the scene, 007 (Roger Moore) gets shot at repeatedly while skiing down Tofana.
Hermitage in Monte Baldo
Top contributor Enrico Pescantini created this amazing drone video of a magnificent hermitage built into the side of a mountain in the province of Verona in northern Italy. The Santuario Madonna della Corona was a hermitage appears to have been built into a sheer cliff face in the Monte Baldo range, which sits across the Trentino and Verona provinces. Constructed in the 16th century, the structure was virtually inaccessible due to the treacherous access path which has been recently modernized.
The Islands of Venice
Contributor Nathan Jermy created this beautiful aerial mini-tour of Venice, the most well known city in northeastern Italy. Shot across the islands that make up the city, much of the footage is of the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square); sitting at one end of the square, the tower of the Church of St. Mark is the city's most recognizable sight. James Bond fans will instantly recognize the Piazza: in the 1977 classic Moonraker (#12 in the series), 007 (played by Roger Moore) arrives in the Piazza on a gondola.