For a long time this was the only way to cross the Canal Grande. There was a bridge here at the end of the 12th Century, but ... More
The Rialto Bridge
For a long time this was the only way to cross the Canal Grande. There was a bridge here at the end of the 12th Century, but the current one, designed by Antonio da Ponte, was built 1554-1591. There are now lots of shops on the bridge selling all kinds of souvenirs and curiosities. Fresh fruit, vegetable and fish markets line the streets in the bustling neighborhood. A second bridge was built in 1854, this bridge is still an important historical landmark and always a bright spot for tourists.
Our hotel was right near the bridge. We spent the last hours of our last evening in Venice at a coffee shop looking at the bridge, which was pretty amazing. The shops are interesting to peruse through. If you go to Venice, you should definitely see this bridge!
I loved it was sooo peaceful ^_^ I want to go there again. It was just a awsome. Me any my best fried went and we enjoyed ourselves. It was just relaxing as all gets out and there was sooo much to look at.
It's spectacular! A must see for all tourist. The wonders of the sky above and the waters below simply magnifies the true Venice in this bridge. Lots of tourist attraction here.. vaporetas, water taxis passing by, restaurants nearby from both side of bridge. Shops, vendors everywhere.
I got to see and walk up this bridge at night and during the day. Both times it was just great. I also took a gondola on the canal and went under it! A true landmark of Venice, you can't miss it! We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant right by the bridge along the canal (by Marconi Hotel). A++ food. So looking at it for a good hour was just great. There is also many people selling water color paintings of the bridge right next to it. A great souvenier!! Also a gellato shop is at the base. Great to get a scoop and walk around the canal. Truelly an Italian touch to a Venice vacation...take lots of photos!! They look great when you develop. I don't have a bad one of the Rialto!
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