"Rialto Bridge" Rialto Bridge Tip by aliante1981

Rialto Bridge, Venice: 174 reviews and 301 photos

It might be difficult to believe this today, but in the 18th century the Rialto Bridge was the only one to connect the two banks of the Grand Canal. The bridge on this spot existed even in the year 1180, but that is not obviously the one we see today, because it has been reconstructed in various forms many times.

In fact, we can see how the fourth bridge built there looked, because it was depicted by Vittore Carpaccio in his ‘Guarigione dell’ossesso’ painting of year 1496 – today at the Gallery of the Academy.

In 1588 a bridge of stone was designed, to protect it against the risk of fires and to exclude the chance of its falling down. Antonio La Porta won the design competition overtaking Michaelangelo, Sansovino and Palladio. His is the present-day bridge, built in 50 years, measuring a single span of 48 meters and having 7.5 meters of height.

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  • Written Dec 11, 2003
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