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“Disgraceful”
Review of Ponte di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto
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$33.16*
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Private Tour: Afternoon Venice Walking Tour
Ranked #26 of 809 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 23, 2008

How can they allow grafitti to spoil this beautiful bridge?
The market is "tacky" and the restaurants with the view have only the view to recommend them. A big disappointment in an otherwise fantastic city. The views FROM the Rialto are nice.

3  Thank Russpo
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Reviewed July 12, 2007

The Rialto Bridge really is quite pretty, or at least the views off of it are, and it's certainly worth seeing the hustle and bustle of the daily open market. However, since it really is a bridge, not primarily a tourist attraction, it's certainly not something you need to cut time out of your busy Venetian schedule to see. Go across it, take some pictures, do some shopping and eat some fresh watermelon or coconut... Then hit up San Marco for some real touristy magic!

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Reviewed July 1, 2007

You will see the Rialto Bridge if you spend anytime in Venice, so 'recommending' it or not is somewhat a pointless exercise. I should say that some of my best pictures of the Grand Canal 'scene' were taken from the top of the bridge, especially in the early evening (at full dark it's just too, well, dark!). I would agree with others, however, that seeing the actual bridge (as opposed to being on it) is somewhat disappointing - all the tacky (and closed?) shops, as well as all the grafitti, ruins the ambiance. Is it too hard to remove grafitti?

Also I should warn you that the only bad restaurant experience we had in Italy was at the nearby canal-side eateries - they treat tourists very rudely and invoke many arbitrary rules to jack up the price of your meal (and spoil your good time). Go 'inland' a bit and enjoy yourselves!

3  Thank DaJoos
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Reviewed April 18, 2007

Slightly disappointed by the bridge - the beauty of the structure is spoiled by tacky souvenir shops and graffiti and it's very crowded during the day. Better to visit early morning/late in the evening to avoid the masses. Far more interesting is the daily (except Sun) fresh produce market. Located just passed the bridge at the quayside this is a great place to experience the bustle of a local market selling an array of wonderful fresh fish/veg and fruit from around Venice. This would be a great place to come for anyone self-catering in the city and was refreshingly free of tourists when we visited.

6  Thank ElleGolightly
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Reviewed October 9, 2006

I found the Bridge much more worth seeing than the actual market around it. Bridge was much bigger than I expected and had great views of the Grand Canal. I was there on a Sunday in Sept., 2006 so it was very, very busy. Packed. Try to get there early if you want to take pictures without a lot of people.

1  Thank capsfan2002
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