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Rialto Bridge
Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

138 reviews
Sights and Museums, Shopping, Performing Arts, Outdoors, Bridge, Landmark
Ranked #2 in Venice things to do
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Ponte di Rialto, Venice 30124 Italy
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There are several bridges crossing the Canal Grande but this is the oldest and most well known. Originally built of wood at the end of the 12th Century, the current one in stone, designed by Antonio ... Read more
da Ponte, was built 1554-1591. It is the heart of Venice to some. And until the Academia bridge was built in 1854 it was the only way to cross the Canal Grande on foot. Now you find many shops on the bridge selling all kinds of souvenirs and curiosities. Fresh fruit, vegetable and fish markets line the streets in the bustling neighborhood. There are a number of steps so those with wheelchairs or strollers should beware.

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Minot

Gondola rides are definitely not something to miss! It’s a unique and fun experience unlike anywhere else.

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Edinburgh

Beautiful bridge with nice restaurants around. Very busy though. Very nice view of the canal.

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Sant'Anatolia di Narco

Impossible to visit Venice vithout crossing the bridge with its shops and stop on the top overwieving the Grand Canal

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Marsaxlokk

The Rialto Bridge is one of four bridges, the oldest one spanning the Grand Canal. It is always crowded but worth the time to photograph and get a better view of the canal. Various restaurants are also located on the opposite bank.

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Centennial

The Rialto Bridge is definitely an experience. It's bustling with people and shops. It's one of those not to be missed experiences in Venice

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Foster City

Largest and widest bridge with classic design across the Grand Canal. Walk on it, around it and take lots of photos!

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Los Altos

We were able to come early in the morning and late night for the view of Grand Canal from the bridge. During the day, the bridge can get very crowded due to the shop open and it being an icon.

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The wonderful, historic Rialto Bridge. Five minutes walk from our apartment, bustling with people and business and history. It was the first bridge across the Grand Canal (wooden then) and the beautiful stone version was completed in the 16th century.

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Brno

This bridge is the landmark used by many travellers to get around Venice. The bridge is very artistically designed and standing on the top of it gives you a very nice photo shot of the canals and the gondolas

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Surrey

Beautiful bridge that was very full of people. The bridge leads into markets that have a lot of merchandise.

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Minneapolis

Venice. It never gets old. And this is one of those sights that gets you every time. Take the boat taxi for a cheaper transportation alternative to the gondola, cuz your feet are probably going to give out at some point.

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Los Altos

The Rialto Bridge is one of the most iconic sites in Venice. The structure marble structure is impressive and has truly stood the test of time. It's a shame that it's jam packed with tourist shops instead of it being able to stand on its own beauty, but then again part of the reason Antonio da Ponte's design was selected was because it has room for shops on the bridge. Seeing the bridge via gondola is one way you can take the bridge in without all the other pavement pounders around elbowing you for their perfect photo.

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Macher

A bit "touristy". Lovely place to visit once. Not a lot of decent restaurants nearby when we visited. Good atmosphere.

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Angra Dos Reis

It is under renovation with a giant propaganda panel in front of it...very disappointing

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Santa Ana

One of the most breathtaking views you could take in when strolling in the streets of Venezia. It's hard to miss this iconic and touristy spot. Come once in the day and once at night.

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Klang

While walking and sight-seeing here, enjoy the sea breeze and watching the precious heritage.

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Puerto Vallarta

One of the main bridges across the Grand Canal. There are hundreds of small bridges all over the city each with a name but there are a few larger ones over the grad canal, each one unique!

Recommended for:History Buffs
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Bedford

One of the many grand bridges that traverse the canals of Venice, this bridge is particularly grand and is hard to miss

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Rochester

I don't think that any trip to Venice can be considered complete without going and seeing the Rialto Bridge. We walked here from Piazelle Roma, and it was easy to tell we were getting close when we started running into a lot of people. It's one of the larger bridges in Venice, if not the tallest, and wide as well which helps to thin the crowd a little bit, but not much.

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Pleasant Hill

One interesting aspect of the iconic Rialto Bridge is the padlocks. Apparently inspired by "I Want You", the 2006 novel by Federico Moccia, this practice involves couples writing their names on their padlock, swearing eternal love and throwing the keys into the Grand Canal below. There were a lot of locks of love, when Gayle and I were there and we both wondered about longer term damage to the stonework and about other more practical ways that we are committed to each other.

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