Venice is a wonderful boatride for many visitors, that and the shops and museums are the focus. However, I would suggest that you take time to sit on a bridge and make photos of the gondolas, the people and bring home the feel of Venice. With the usual digital cameras it is not always possible to make photos of the whole boat, but don't despair, make it more of a people shot.
Fondest memory: Watching people being happy. That is a nice memory from a tranquil day in Venice.
Favorite thing: Yep that many! Make sure you take a Gondola tour (little pricey but worth it!, make sure also you talk the price down, they do it!!, pretend you are living if they don't, they will call you back), because it's pretty amazing watching the "Gondolieri" bend down under each one of them...that's gotta take lots of practice :-)
Favorite thing: Pack comfortable shoes for this city. There are hundreds of bridges, most are just a few steps up and then down, but after walking up and down about 50 of these, your legs will get tired. There aren't handrails and the steps can be uneven. It makes for a wonderful workout. In addition, this city (as most of Europe) is not handicapp friendly at all. A wheelchair will not go far and crutches will get tiresome after a few trips over the bridges. Also there are a lot of narrow alleyways to manuever. I was there in December 2009. The weather was ideal, though chilly at first, but after walking for a while, layers were coming off.
The bridges in Venice originally had no parapets. These were added to prevent people from falling into the water. Ponte Chiodo is the only bridge without parapet in Venice, not counting the one in the island of Torcello.
The bridge spans rio San Felice and is located in the sestriere of Cannareggio.
Some of my favorite things about Venice are the views from the accademia bridge. Looking toward the lagoon you see incredible buildings, colorful boats, crossing gondolas and brightly painted "barber poles". No matter where you stand on the bridge you see incredible sights. You can watch the lagoon as the fog rolls in, you can watch barges takes goods up and down the canal, you can watch the vaporettos pick up and drop off people as they continue on their journey through Venice.
Another great thing about the Accademia Bridge is it's closeness to St. Marks. If you stay in the Dorsoduro area, this is the bridge to cross to get to St. Marks. There is also a vaporettos stop at the Bridge, making it very convenient if you want to see the Galleria dell' Accademia.
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories of Venice is standing on the Accademia bridge, looking towards the lagoon and watching the fog roll in. It is such an amazing site to see. My husband and I were just amazed at the beauty of this scene. So if you get the chance, stop by the Accademia bridge and soak up the views.
Favorite thing: The Rialto stone bridge, 48 m long and 22 m wide, offers one of the most beautiful views of the Grand Canal, Venice’s main water thoroughfare, with an uninterrupted series of palaces and churches facing the canal along its entire 4-km length.
Favorite thing: Much has been said about the RIALTO bridge in Venice you can read, imagine but nothing to beat the real experience of passing under it, climbing its stairways, shopping in the many stores that it holds, the different colours and expressions at different times of the day, really fantastic.
Favorite thing: Before i forget, if you ever get the chance to visit this famous bridge in the off season, sometimes if you are very nice and they are in a good mood you may be able to actually walk across the bridge of sighs without a guide and explore the Doge's palace at your own pace. Ask at the palace ticket office, you never know, it might be your lucky day. (Please go to must see activaties) for photos of the bridge.
Venice is a unique town. The canals and bridges instead of "normal" streets. Often you can see hanging laundry on the canal... I like this view, this make the specific atmosphere of Venice.
Fondest memory: Canals, gondolas, bridges, many tourists, great ice cream, pizza on the street, elegant shops and restaurants... venetian masks, glass of Murano... and many more
Spanning the narrowest section of the Grand Canal, the Rialto bridge is located in the most commercial area of the city. So commercial in fact, that they built this bridge with 2 rows of shops. Until the 19th century, this was the only bridge crossing the Grand Canal.
Besides the shops lining the bridge, you'll find more tourist shops and an open air market along the Ruga degli Orefici on the San Polo side.
And just a little further are 2 restaurants that maintain reasonable prices, the Cantina Do Spade (see my 'restaurant tips') and Vini da Pinto on the Campiello Beccarie.
This is the 3rd and last bridge crossing the Grand Canal. It was built in 1932 as a temporary replacement for a 19th century iron bridge. It became so popular that they decided to keep it.
On the Dorsoduro side, it is right in front of the Accademia art museum, which houses the worlds greatest collection of Venetian paintings. This museum is well worth a visit, and is very close to my recommended bacaro, Enoteca Cantinone Gia Schiavi (see 'restaurant tips' for details).
Favorite thing: In my opinion the construction of Calatrava's Bridge is not so useful. The fourth Bridge is placed not far from Scalzi's Bridge, the Grand Canal is long about 3,8 km and I think other zones needed a bridge more than Piazzale Roma... btw, the bridge has a style which - imho - doesn't combine a lot with Venice... If you want to see how Venice will be with the fourth point, just Click here!
Probably you don't know that in Venice they are building a new bridge on Grand Canal, which name will be "Ponte Calatrava" ( Calatrava's Bridge).
The new bridge will connect Piazzale Roma, the city when you leave your car, with the opposite side near the railway station.
The name "Calatrava" is about the owner of the project.
Actually if you go to Piazzale Roma, you can look how the costruction goes on...
The PONTE DI RIALTO (Rialto Bridge) is not only a Venetian monument but also a National Monument - in my eyes.
Built within 3 years - between 1588 and 1591, the Rialto Bridge is a permanent replacement for the boat bridge and 3 wooden bridges that had spanned the Grand Canal at various times since the 12th Century.
It was recorded that the architect of the famed Bridge, Antonio da Ponte ("Anthony of the Bridge," appropriately enough), competed against such illustrious men like Michelangelo and Palladio to finally win the contract.
The Rialto Bridge has 3 walkways: 2 along the outer balustrades, and a wider central walkway leading between 2 rows of small shops that sell jewelry, linens, Murano glass, and other items for the tourist trade.
Not the usual way to see the Rialto Bridge. Normally you see the outside of the bridge, but this is the inside. The bridge has three walkways: two along the outer balustrades, and a wider central walkway leading between two rows of small shops, which you see here on the photo. This is a busy area of Venice, lots of tourist shops, restaurants and of course.... tourists :-))