Ponte di Rialto
Ponte di Rialto
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About
Considered the true heart of Venice, this landmark bridge, characterized by its 24-foot arch, is built on approximately 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years after it was built.
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Neighborhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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  • Bill C
    Vancouver, Canada4,611 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It Can Get Crowded
    The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the 4 bridges spanning the Grand Canal. I went at noon on a Saturday and it was crowded with people. Despite the crowd, it was still a nice experience to walk across the bridge. It is a short but steep walk up to top of the bridge. There are plenty of shops and eateries surrounding the bridge. I also went on a boat cruise under the bridge which provided a different perspective of the bridge.
    Visited March 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Anthony
    New York City, New York985 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Famous Bridge
    No visit to Venice is complete without visiting this iconic bridge. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea and the area around the bridge is full of crowds. The bridge itself is also packed with people. We found visiting in the afternoon and taking pictures from the south and east of the bridge to be the nicest.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 2, 2023
  • aberfitchgr534
    Bolivar, Ohio1,735 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Venice Stop
    A must stop if your going to Venice. It was about a 10 minute walk from our hotel. I don’t think it matters when you go its always busy with people. Its a very pretty bridge overlooking the grand canal. Be sure to go to both sides of the bridge for different views, there are shops on the bridge and it seemed like the west side of the bridge was way busier then the east side.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore9,820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic and Popular Bridge in Venice!
    This is a famous and historic bridge in the City of Venice. It was built somewhere in the end 16th century, and thus the oldest bridge across the canal. It is renowned as an architectural and engineering achievement of the Renaissance. It was designed and built by Antonio da Ponte and his nephew, Antonio Contino, who took part in a design contest in the city. It is very nice. As such, it is a hot photo stop on the island be it "on land or in the sea". So do not miss it when you are in Venice!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • JJJC_Family
    768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the landmarks of Venice
    When you think of Venice, aside from St. Marks Square and the Grand Canal, you think of the Rialto Bridge. It’s iconic. It’s a lovely and fun bridge and with all the tourists jamming it relentlessly, you wonder why it hasn’t collapsed a long time ago. Yet it endures. You will take endless pictures of the bridge from every angle and then take endless pictures of the canal when you are on it, including all the pictures of your friends, family, spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend. Don’t forget the selfies. It’s one of those memories you want to preserve forever. Venice is one those places that not only live up to your expectations, but always surpass it. You can’t help but find yourself smiling all the time while you are there and after you leave whenever you think of it. And you will always remember your encounter with the bridge. Guaranteed.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Dallas Lee W
    5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This is worth visiting for the incredible pictures. While we enjoyed the visit and view from the bridge, we enjoyed it even more from a water taxi. We hired a private water taxi to cruise the conal and he stopped so we could get pictures with the bridge directly behind us. This made for better photos than those from the bridge.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • arsen21
    Baltimore, Maryland175 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rialto
    Beautiful bridge with vendors selling all kind of thing on and off the bridge. Rialto is offering a nice view on Grand Canal and it looks good on the picture. The only problem, there are a lot of people bunching up all around it. Don't worry about making a special trip to it. If you are in Venice, sooner or later, you'll be there
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Rooftop_Beach
    London, United Kingdom2,997 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view but pretty busy
    It's one of the most famous landmarks in Venice so be prepared for the crowds especially in August. Wonderful view from top of the bridge but so hard to get a nice photo 😅 We also had Gondola ride from here tho. Really nice atmosphere.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Leighton W
    Sudbury, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early morning or late night for the best photo's
    We visited the Ponte di Rialto numerous times during our stay in Venice. During the day time it is absolute chaos on the bridge with so many people. But, if you go early morning (before 7am) and late evening (after 9pm), then it is far easier to enjoy your visit and to take beautiful photo's.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • travel_in_fours
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,282 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque place
    This is a very iconic bridge of Venice. There is a famous boat station near this bridge as well. You will find many restaurants and cafes near this bridge. At the bridge there is a constant crowd because of which having your photo clicked is very difficult. We went at this place quite a few times. At early morning and also at late night. It’s a must visit place when you go to Venice
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
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Alison T
United Kingdom249 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We didn’t really set out to see this, but you just come across it whilst walking about.
It is difficult to get a decent photo because it is constantly busy.
Very early in the morning I would say would be the best time.
Written May 18, 2024
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Jolie J
Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It was cold and rainy in January when we went, and yet this bridge was still extremely full and lined with people. It is a beautiful bridge but it would have been easier to enjoy it had it not been so crowded.
Written May 14, 2024
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Justine & Andy P
Monmouth, UK60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
One of those sites you have to see in Venice but don’t spend too much time there. Visit early if you can when few people around but crowds soon build up. A bit of a tourist trap and beware of pick pockets. 2 guests at our hotel both had items stolen from pockets and rucksacks so be sensible. There are much nicer smaller bridges to see and the same applies to restaurants and craft shops if shopping is your thing.
Written May 5, 2024
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Barbara S
Krakow, Poland1,886 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
It's good to be aware, that it's the only way to cross Canale Grande on foot. We realized that having blindly followed the navigation that at the end of our journey informed us there was crossing ;) and we need to go back to Ponte Rialto.
Written April 22, 2024
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Johnny
Bend, OR30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
If ya gotta see it, do it. Nothing more than a bridge with tourist shops. AND CROWDED! I get the history and being the heart of the city. It also used to be a drawbridge. But other than that…meh.
Written April 14, 2024
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ExmoorTraveller
Exeter, UK88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A must-see if you’re in Venice, I guess.

We’ve “done it” now but wouldn’t say it was the highlight of the trip

Thousands of people and not even peak-season. Not so much a ‘market’ as hundred of shops selling the same ‘made in China’ tourist tat.

Anyway horses for courses.
Written April 6, 2024
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wiseguy1282005
Hong Kong, China6,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Most of the tourists would come after 9 am. We did have a good photo session before that. Less people would have less trouble to get a good spot.
Rainy day is not so fun under the rain.
A must-see attraction.
Written March 27, 2024
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Anika Sharma
Navi Mumbai, India3,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's one of the oldest bridges of Venice overlooking the Grand Canal .
Picturesque views on both sides , but it's very crowded all the time
Written March 26, 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Ponte di Rialto, called "The Rialto" is a bridge over the Lagoon in Venice. The Rialto dates from ancient times; it features in literature, including featuring Shakespear's well-known drama "The Merchant of Venice. When Venice was the New York of Western Europe, the Rialto held a gold market and stock exchange. The Rialto is charming, it's well worth crossing the Venetian Lagoon.
Written March 23, 2024
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Berke Ayrancıoğlu
Graz, Austria605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
One of the most iconic bridges and famous views in Venice. The view is amazing on both sides. A must see location for tourists. Only problem is there are lots of tourists all the time(as expected) and it is sometimes hard to find a nice spot on the bridge.
Written March 2, 2024
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