Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge), Venice

Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge), Venice (must see)

There are only four bridges in Venice spanning the Grand Canal, and if you explore the city on foot, you will inevitably find yourself crossing at least one of them. The Rialto Bridge, the oldest and certainly most renowned among the four, connects the Eastern and Western quarters of Venice, specifically the districts of San Marco ("Saint Mark") and San Polo ("Saint Paul").

Originally constructed of wood in the 12th century, it was later replaced by the current stone version four centuries later. The engineering solution employed seemed so audacious at the time that certain architects predicted its future ruin. However, the bridge has defied critics to become one of Venice's architectural marvels. Until the construction of the Accademia bridge in 1854, it remained the sole pedestrian crossing over the Grand Canal.

If you're comfortable navigating through the throngs of tourists bustling across the bridge, you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the canal opening in both directions. Beyond the souvenir stalls are the centuries-old markets that traditionally showcase the abundance of fruits and vegetables harvested on the lagoon islands, as well as the fish freshly caught in the bordering Adriatic Sea. You may even catch sight of boats unloading their daily catch from the islands of Burano and Pellestrina.

The Rialto Bridge area also offers numerous shops and restaurants, usually on the pricier side, but masterfully tucked in so as not to disrupt the heritage exterior. Additionally, near the bridge, not to mention persuasive gondoliers who just happen to have a vacant gondola with your name on it, in case you're in for a boat ride.

Tip:
Evening is by far the best time to visit – much quieter and looks stunning.

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Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) on Map

Sight Name: Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge)
Sight Location: Venice, Italy (See walking tours in Venice)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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