Rialto Bridge, Venice

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    Rialto Bridge

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    The previous Rialto bridge was a wooden construction and called "Della Moneto".
    This icon of Venice is now made of stone
    and reconstructed in 1592, crossing the Canal Grande at it's most narrow point, 28meter and 7,5 meter above the canal itself.

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    by clairegeordio Written Jul 8, 2004

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    This is a must when visiting Venice! The Rialto Bridge was commissioned in 1588 and finished in 1592. This was the only way to cross the Grand Canal until the Accademia Bridge was built in 1854. The area surrounding the Rialto Bridge is nice and lively with many outdoor cafes to sit at and admire the bridge from.

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    Ponte di Rialto

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Aug 15, 2009

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    The nowdays stone bridge was design by Antonio de Ponte whom thought a unic arch bridge, 48 meters long and 22 meters wide. It was finally completed in 1591.
    It have two inclined ramps lead up to a central portico. On either side of the portico the covered ramps carry rows of shops. From the top of the bridge you can see a nice voew over the Grand Canal.
    Nowdays it became one of the architectural icons of Venice and one of the major tourist sights in the town.

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    Ponte di Rialto

    by sachara Updated Apr 17, 2005

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    Ponte di Rialto

    The present Rialto bridge is made of stone and was built between 1588 and 1591. It replaced the several collapsed wooden bridges, which spanned the Grand Canal since the 12th Century. Till 1854, when the second bridge, the Accademia Bridge, was built, the Rialto Bridge was the only way to cross the Grand Canal.

    The Rialto Bridge is 48M long, 22M wide and 7.5M high. The bridge has three walkways, a central one, lined by shops and two at both sides along the water with balustrades. You can hardly miss this busy and scenic place, when strollling aorund in the San Marco part of Venice.

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    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    This bridge is SO famous, and when you see it for real, it is as beautiful as you imagined.

    The bridge was designed by Antonio da Ponte! in a competition - both Michaelangelo and Palladio entered this and lost out to Da Ponte.

    It was until the 19th Century the only bridge crossing the Grand Canal.

    Theres a little restaurant right next to it which would be a great location in the evening.
    For the more budget conscious like me! be sure to check out the markets around the bridge that sell excellent food.

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    The Rialto Bridge -Venice's Oldest

    by nicolaitan Written Feb 18, 2006

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    The Rialto Bridge is one of the longest span masonry bridges in the world. It replaced a series of wooden and pontoon bridges first constructed in the 11th century and replaced because of fire or flood on several occasions. It took just 3 years to construct (1588-1591)from plans by the architect Antonio da Ponte (his real name). It is supported by some 12000 wooden pilings driven into the soft clay on which Venice rests. It is approximately 150 feet long and with a 24 foot arch, large enough to allow passage by the Venetian galleys and trade ships.

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    by myriam_c Updated Dec 20, 2003

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    Ponte di Rialto by night

    Ponte di Rialto is probably the most famous bridge in Venice. It's a 8 m high bridge that spans 28 m. The bridge dates back from 1588.
    Rialto is the historical heart of the city as well as its highest point where the inhabitants didn't have to fear for being flooded. Most of the buildings in this neightbourhood are from the 16th century because Rialto has been destroyed by a fire in 1514.

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    by Travelchili Updated Dec 7, 2003

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    Rialto Bridge

    Ponte di Rialto or the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal was built between years 1588 and 1591 as a permanent replacement for the boat bridge. It was the only way to cross the Grand Canal on foot until the Accademia Bridge was built in 1854.

    The Rialto Bridge was designed by Antonio da Ponte and the 24-foot arch was designed to allow passage of galleys. It is a magnificent bridge that noone should miss in Venice, although like many places over there, also this bridge and the area around gets awfully crowded.

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    The world-famous "Ponte di Rialto"

    by Jefie Updated Aug 28, 2010

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    The Rialto Bridge is the oldest and most picturesque of the four bridges crossing Venice's Grand Canal. This stone bridge designed by Antonio da Ponte was completed in 1591, replacing the former wooden bridges that had collapsed at different times. The main purpose of the bridge was to give access to the Rialto market, a popular food market that still exists today. Next to Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge probably is the most crowded area in all of Venice, but it offers such nice views of the Grand Canal, one can hardly blame visitors for stopping by. As with the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, both sides of the bridge are filled with shops, only this time the different stalls are mostly occupied by souvenir shops. Another Venitian icon that's worth seeing with your own eyes!

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    Rialto Bridge at Night

    by fishandchips Written Jan 9, 2006

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    Rialto Bridge at night

    The Rialto bridge is a must see during the day to get an idea of the amount of traffic that goes up and down the Grand Canal. At night, once the crowds have thinned, the bridge takes on another persona as it is lit up. This photo was taken after a visit to an excellent couple of bars near the bridge - see my nightlife tips.

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    Shopping

    by domenicococozza Written Jul 23, 2007

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    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.

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    Ponte Rialto

    by nighthawk Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    For ages this bridge was the only way to cross the Canal Grande.
    We weren t able to see much of it for there was a market going on and people were passing the bridge toe at heel...massive!
    One day we ll return and have a better look I hope :-)

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    The Rialto

    by kazander Updated Feb 10, 2004

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    A famous landmark of Venice, The Rialto bridge spans across the Grand Canal. On one side is a large market filled with all kinds of wonderful foods, on the other, tons of shops selling clothing, jewellery, shoes and more. This area extends until the Piazza San Marco. There are also shops located on the bridge itself.

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    Rialto Bridge

    by Andraf Updated Nov 30, 2003

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    Rialto Bridge, Venice

    Until the 19th century this was the only bridge between the two sides of the Grand Canal. The bridge as we see it today was built in the 16th century when a competition took place to chose the design of the new bridge to replace an older structure. Michelangelo was among the contenders but the competition was won by Antonio da Ponte. This is one of the centers of activity in Venice and everywhere on the islands there are signs indicating the direction for the Rialto bridge. The bridge is a good place to watch the activity on the Grand Canal at any hour of the day.

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    Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge)

    by dfactor Written Jul 15, 2005

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    Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge)

    The most famous bridge in Venice. The bridge is flanked with shops, selling stuff ( Yeah, u guess it right, mostly Murano Glass). Apart from the boats below, the bridge is always stuffed with tourists. It's pretty hard to get by the birdge, and even tougher to get a good shot of yourself on the bridge. The bridge has three walkways: two along the outer balustrades, and a wider central walkway leading between two rows of small shops.

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