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“Beautiful Rialto Bridge”
Review of Ponte di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto
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Private Tour: Afternoon Venice Walking Tour
Ranked #34 of 700 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.
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“Beautiful Rialto Bridge”
Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

A must see for Venice have a strong Italian coffee in one of the cafés on the canal and watch the world go by. Great photo opportunities

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“Gorgeous view of the canal and all things Venice”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Our first view of Rialto was as the sun was setting on our first night there. How perfect - both the bridge itself and the images from the bridge. This bridge just has so much life - a bit tourist with the shops but it is just amazing. You really can't help but cross this bridge 10 times if you are in town more than 2 days - so you don't really need to take a lot of effort to go here. It definitely is busy, but amazing.

Visited December 2013
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Oceanside, California
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“Rialto Bridge”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

This is a beautiful area of Venice and well worth seeing. We certainly enjoyed our time in Italy and this was quite pretty.

Visited September 2013
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“Ponte di Rialto: an Icon of Venezia”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

The Rialto Bridge or Ponte di Rialto is one of the four bridges (the others being Ponte dell'Accademia, Ponte degli Scalzi and Ponte della Costituzione) that crosses the Great Channel (or Canal Grande) in Venice, uniting the districts of San Paolo and San Marco. It is also the the first built and principal among them:

Its story originates in 1181 when it was built by Nicolò Barattieri being a bridge build with a series of united boats, and called Ponte della Moneta at first - with the passage of time and the increased importance of the Rialto Market, it has been enhanced in 1250 for a structural liftable wooden bridge, and the name changed to the present one (Ponte di Rialto) - by the 15th century it began acquiring shops on its sides. It suffered structural damage in 1310 (it was burnt down in a riot) and in 1444 (due to the excessive weight of a crowd), and finally in 1503 plans to finally built it in stone were made (not before it collapsed again, in 1524), which materialized from 1588-1591, thanks to the architect Antonio da Ponte that preserved the original layout of the wooden bridge in the construction lines.

The bridge has 48m of span, 22m of width and 7.5m of height, being built with white stone, and have two inclined ramps with wide steps that unite in a plate on top, and is lined by a series of arches structures, that houses the numerous stores of the bridge and that ends up in a central porch. Between the arches and the side handrails, we hava a small gap to walk. Overall the stores sell various items connected the city as Souveniers and Venetian masks, but unfortunately we see more and more objects that are made in China or in a mass production form, being rare (and very expensive) the beautiful and legitimate traditional handcrafted masks.

The view of the two sides of the channel are symbolic views of the city with the buildings on the edge of the canal and with Vaporettos and several gondolas anchored and passing by the Great Channel. Invariably Rialto Bridge ends up being also one of the most visited attractions, and is almost always packed with people. The best places to view the scenario of the Chanel are at the edges, but it is always a matter of patience to wait a place to take some pictures, and it's almost impossible to get a shot at any point of it without some other person appearing in the photo (which is easier at night or at dawn, when the the swarms of tourists starts to decrease). Another good view of it ends up being at one of the banks, after walking a little and exploring the nearby distance of the canal side walkways .

The Rialto Bridge is certainly one of the attractions of the city that is a must to visit, and one of the architectural icons of the city - it's a pretty bridge, but not surprising from an aesthetic view, having a more prominent functional and architectural aspect, historical importance and of course the beautiful view of the surrounding Channel.

Visited October 2013
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“Don't miss it!”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

Don't miss it! You missed Venezia if you do! The site is very crowded. Thoroughly enjoyed the the Asians taking photos celebrating their wedding at the top of the bridge...

Visited January 2013
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