"Watch Your Step" Venice Warnings Or Dangers Tip by grandmaR

Venice Warnings and Dangers: 275 reviews and 319 photos

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Up until recently, there were three main bridges across the Grand Canal. The Academy Bridge down by the Piazza San Marcos end, the Rialto Bridge in the middle (which is a tourist destination all on its own), and the Scalzi Bridge, which replaced an older iron bridge in 1934 and connects the sections of Santa Croce and Cannaregio near the Santa Lucia railroad station. So the first warning is - figure out what side of the Grand Canal you want to be on and figure out how to get there, because you can't just walk across the street in Venice. It can be quite a distance to the next bridge (see photo 5), although there are 50 cent gondola ferries that also cross the canal.

When we were in Venice in the spring of 2008, they were building another Grand Canal Bridge up by the Piazzle de Roma. This is the Constitution Bridge, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, which opened on September 11, 2009. The bridge links Venice's railway station with the car, bus and ferry terminal on the opposite side of the Grand Canal. The Constitution bridge is the fourth over the Grand Canal and the city's first new bridge in 70 years.

This bridge is very dangerous to tourist who keep spraining their ankles because of the bridge's irregularly spaced steps, and the disorienting optical effect of the sectioned stone and glass flooring. People are gawking at the sights instead of watching where they are putting their feet.

When we were there the primary problem was that construction blocked us from walking along the canal up to the Piazzle Roma

Website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/3101377/Venices-new-4m-Grand-Canal-bridge-injures-tourists.html

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  • Updated May 21, 2009
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