The Rialto Bridge : Michelin's recommendations
The appropriately named Antonio Da Ponte ("ponte" means bridge in Italian) built this bridge in 1591, a bridge that attracts many visitors today. The structure standing today once substituted a wooden bridge known as the Coin Bridge, which succumbed to successive fires and collapses between 1175 and the 16th C. Andrea Palladio was approached to design a new bridge that would respect the small shops, reserved for financial and banking activities, and navigation; but his project for a three-arch bridge probably would have impeded traffic, so it wasn't built. The bridge has a single archway, 28 meters long and 7,50 meters above the Grand Canal. Its central staircase is lined with little shops that have since lost their original vocation, now fully dedicated to selling "souvenirs of Venice" (the worst you could possibly find!) and various postcards. In the center, the two wide archways covered with a slanted V-shaped roof lead to the narrower side stairs which are strategic spots for taking photos of the Grand Canal. You will have to fight your way with your elbows if you intend to get there! This elegant and emblematic bridge has the name of the old Venice (Rivoaltus, high river bank), and for a long period was the only link between the banks of the Grand Canal: it wasn't until the 19th C. that the Academia bridge and the bridge of the Carmelite Sisters.
- Address : Ponte Rialto I - 30124 Venezia30124Venezia
- Prices : free of charge
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