It is great to be at the place "from the book" or "from the journal". We didn't bother ourselves with historical facts abouth dates, just went through most beautiful and famous squares, briridges and streets
The Rialto Bridge (Ponte de Rialto) is one of the three bridges crossing the Canale Grande.
This most famous bridge of Venice was built in 1591. It consists of two rows of shops and three footways.
The shops only face the middle way, and sell fruits, vegetables and all kinds of tourist stuff.
The Rialto Bridge is located about 500 m north of St. Mark's Square. It links the districts of San Polo and San Marco.
Rialto bridge is the most known bridge in Venice. It was the first bridge who connected two sides of the town. It is from 13 th century and on the bridge there are many souvenirs shops with three main stairs. I think that from the top of the bridge is the best view of Grand Canal.
I must admit to being anti shopping. I get no satisfaction from walking in and out of stores, just browsing for something I probably dont even want. Nevertheless, checking out the stalls on and across Rialto Bridge is quite fun. Most of the products on sale are tacky(plastic gondolas, little venetian masks etc) but the experience is irresistable.
Once upon a time there was a pontoon bridge (built 1181) to take you from one side of the Grand Canal to the other. Then came the wooden Bridge (1250) - in much needed demand due to the success of the Rialto Market. It had a "moveable" middle to allow tall ship to pass through. In the 15th century shops were added along the bridge bringin in more revenue for the State. Everyone was happy.
Disaster struck in 1310 when the bridge was severely damaged by fire caused by a revolt.
Disaster struck a second time when, in 1444, during a boating festival, the bridge collapsed due to the number of people/ weight on it. That wasn't the end - in 1524 it collapsed yet again!
In 1504 there had been the idea of rebuilding the wooden bridge using stone but it wasn't until 1551 that this turned from an idea into a plan and project. The bridge was complted in 1591 and this is the bridge that still stand proud today.
Built in the 16 century, the current Ponte di Rialto was constructed to replace a boat bridge and three wooden bridges that spanned the Grand Canal. Back then, this was the only way to cross the Grand Canal on foot until the Academia Bridge was built in 1854
The structure itself is a magnificent sight with it's intricate architecture and white marble material that is built in a single span across the canal. Shops line the bridge in between three walkways to allow people to walk across or hang around to enjoy the view or do a little shopping
The area here is very busy with people, especially visitors and cafes that line the Grand Canal will cost more than somewhere further away
There are two strange sculptures on the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, next to the Rialto Bridge which merit some explanation.
Between the decisions of the Senate in 1525 to build a stone bridge after the numerous collapses of the wooden Rialto bridges and the effective start of the construction in 1588 many years passed. The city of Venice had financial problems which delayed the construction of the stone bridge. The future stone bridge of the Rialto was therefore the object of numerous jokes and mocking remarks from the Venetians.
A man made a bet with Camerlenghi, a famous banker who financed Venice, that there would be no stone bridge before as he said:
“Voglio che, se ciò si farà, mi nasca un' unghia fra le eoscie !”
to which a woman added :
“Voglio che le fiamme m'abbrucino la natura !” if one day the bridge is build.
In French we would have said that the bridge would be built when: "lorsque les poules auront des dents" when the chicken will have teeth.
The Italian expressions are much more expressive and somewhat crude, I therefore hesitate to translate…
Il Ponte di Rialto spans the Grand Canal, connecting San Marco and San Polo right near the Rialto Market. It is the oldest bridge on the Grand Canal, dating back to 1591, and therefore is very recognizable from postcards and pictures of Venice, but you might not realize it is the same bridge if you are walking right up to it, and not seeing it from the side. The Rialto has stores down its center, which gives it a unique look. You can either cross on the center, with the stores, or go to one of its sides for nice views of the Grand Canal.
Il Ponte di Rialto spans the Grand Canal, connecting San Marco and San Polo right near the Rialto Market. It is the oldest bridge over the Grand Canal, dating back to 1591, and is therefore very recognizable from postcards and pictures of Venice, but you might not realize it is the same bridge if you are walking right up to it, and not seeing it from the side. The Rialto has stores down its center, which gives it a unique look. You can either cross on the center, with the stores, or go to one of its sides for nice views of the Grand Canal.
When you go to Venice you have to see this Bridge. IT is such a great thing. And every time you see something about Venice you see this bridge. The area around it full of shopping, places to eat and even a market. There are signs everywhere that tell you which way to get there to see the bridge. I remember standing at the top of this bridge and kissing my husband and it was such a romantic moment. Great to see. Great place to shop.
A landmark of Venice.
This beautifully constructed bridge of the late 16th century by the architect Antonio da Ponte.
It has three walkways and with some small shops on the bridge.
Another great way to see it is by water taxi (vaporetto).
Do not leave Venice without a photo of this magnificent bridge.
Completed in the 16th century, this stone bridge on wood piling was built to replace a wooden bridge and an earlier pontoon bridge that once was the only link between the two banks of the Grand Canal.
The shops lining the central passageway make it particularly picturesque.
This is the most famous bridge in Venice.We walk there from Piazza San Marco by following the signs 'Rialto' .On the way there are too many gift and mask shops so it took a long time to reach:)
It was raining heavily when we reach the bridge so we had to stay for a while under the eave.
We took some photos and and then continue to walk around.
The Rialto Bridge is yet another attraction that is always impressive to see. It was built in its current form in the 16th century after earlier versions in wood. Their are shops down the middle of the bridge that continue down the street on both sides. The bridge is an obvious picture spot in Venice, especially from a boat entering the city.
Rialto is the most famous bridge in town.Every visitor who visits venice has a photo taken on this bridge . It was constructed at the end of the 16th century. The work was put out to tender, and artists like Michelangelo, Sansovino and Palladio took part in it. Finally Antonio da Ponte was chosen. On the bridge you’ll find several souvenir shops that you can buy many nonsense souvenir that you will ask to yourself why the hell I buy this!!!