I have quite a few photos to go through from our trip to Italy, so far this is one of my favourites. I post process my photos quite heavily, I don’t falsify my photos by adding stuff that wasn’t there. I occasionally remove birds or other small distractions when they are a nuisance, beyond that I leave the scene as it is. I use HDR regularly to enhance colors as well as other enhancements within lightroom.
I mentioned you have to get up early in Venice to get photos without people in a recent post, here’s one such photo of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice. If you make it to Venice be sure to go inside the palace, it’s impressive as is the Opera House.