Rialto Bridge in Venice
Rialto Bridge, Venice
Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal and the most famous one in the city. It was build between 1588-1591 by Antonio da Ponte.
The first bridge over the Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicolo Barattieri.
This bridge was replaced several times by wooden bridges.
Until 1854, when the Accademia bridge was built, the Rialto Bridge was the only bridge over the Grand Canal.
The third bridge over the Grand Canal is the 'Scalzi Bridge' near the St Lucia train station.
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The Rialto Bridge
The yellow sign is from a private taxi boat. The historic centre of Venice is build on 117 islands. Allmost all transportation ( for people, hospital, police, fire brigade) is by boat.
The public water bus (line 1) stops just before the Rialto Bridge. Line 1 operates between Piazzale Roma, Santa Lucia railway station, Rialto Bridge to St. Mark's Square. It's a scenic trip but most of the times it's also crowded. The journey from Santa Lucia railway station to Rialto Bridge takes 16 minutes; to St. Mark's Square 36 minutes.