"Ponte di Rialto" Rialto Bridge Tip by jlee008
Rialto Bridge, Venice: 174 reviews and 301 photos
Rialto Bridge is probably the most stunning bridge and most famous bridge in Venice. It is a definate must see. Whether you pass under it on your ride up and down the Grand Canal or whether you go to shop on it, it is quite a bridge to behold.
The bridge was built between 1588 and 1591 and was the only bridge to cross the Grand Canal until the Accademia bridge was built in 1854. Up until that point, there were only wooden bridges that spanned the Grand Canal. Today, there are only a total of three bridges including the Ponte di Rialto and the Ponte d'Accademia that span the expanse of the Grand Canal.
There are a total of three bridge walkways, the two on the outside offer a great place for tourists to watch Venetian life below and the center, larger, walkway is home to small shops that entice the visitor.
HOURS: open all the time, check stores for hours.
Address: Ponte di Rialto
Directions: VAPORETTO: Ponte di Rialto
Follow signs everywhere that direct you to Ponte di Rialto
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