Rialto Bridge

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  • Address: Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia, Italy, Venice
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  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Outdoors, Bridge, Family And Kids, Architecture

Soaring over the Grand Canal, and connecting San Polo and San Marco, the Rialto Bridge is Venice’s pride and joy. After several wooden bridges in the medieval ages collapsed, Anthony da Ponte took three years to leave behind this beautiful architectural marvel. Once upon a time, merchants would set up day long shops here… now it’s tourists. The bridge’s high arch (7.5 meters) is due to the galley ships that had to pass under it in the days of old. It’s easily one of Venice’s most photographed sights, and is especially fetching at Sunset. There are about 15 stalls still right on the bridge, and the indomitable Rialto Market is of course, right next to it. If you’re on land, and not passing by under it, keep your wallet handy – this is shopping central.

Rialto Bridge is one of the tourist attractions in Venice Itinerary 2 Days. You must visit this amazing tourist attraction in Venice.

  • Visit at sunset or sunrise or night.

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  • Rialto Bridge Address: Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia, Italy, Venice
  • Rialto Bridge Timing: 24-hrs
  • Rialto Bridge Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Rialto Bridge(preferred time): 07:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Rialto Bridge: 00:30 Mins
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  • 82.59% of people who visit Venice include Rialto Bridge in their plan

  • 20.43% of people start their Rialto Bridge visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Rialto Bridge

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

91.72% of people prefer walking in order to reach Rialto Bridge

People normally club together Grand Canal and St Mark's Square while planning their visit to Rialto Bridge.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
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  • Wow, very beautiful bridge! It is such a very large symbol of Venice that it is used all over the world in Venetian themed things. Standing on this bridge feels so relaxing I could just sit on it for days and look at boat and gondola in Grand Canal all day long! This is basically a must see when you are walking in Venice. It also has great shops that are located physically on the bridge.

  • Oh Venice!! My love Venice. This is such a beautiful island with such rich history in very street lane, bridge and building. It is truly a beautiful place that has stood still in time while the world had moved on and that is why you will fall in love with Venice. I enjoyed my visit.. from walking the cozy streets to taking the ferries or enjoying some delicious pasta. St. Mark’s Square is a must ... such rich architecture and the Basilica is a sight to behold ... so breathtaking. You must visit Venice as I will in the future.

  • Definitely an icon in Venice. Is a beautiful bridge, with amazing views of the gran canal. There are lots of souvenir shops where you can get nice Venice memories... Go early in the morning, see the sunset and avoid the crowds. Or late at night, to get a different view with the night lights.

  • The Rialto Bridge is absolutely one of the must do sightseeing events on a trip to Venice. The best time to visit Venice is earlier in the year, when it’s cooler and has fewer people. As far as the bridge is concerned, see it from every angle, walk over it (both ways) and also see it from the sides. Take your time, linger and take it all in. Enjoy!

  • According to the chronicles, the first passage on the Grand Canal consisted of a bridge of boats. A real bridge, resting on wooden poles, was built by Nicolò Barattierosotto the dogado of Sebastiano Ziani or Orio Mastropiero (second half of the 12th century) [1] and assumed the name of "Ponte della Moneta" the eastern end of the work, stood the old mint. According to the Chronicondi Andrea Dandolo, the event took place in 1264 under the slate of Renier Zen (1252-1268): The increasing importance of the Rialtosulla market on the eastern side of the canal increased the traffic on the floating bridge. Around 1250 it was replaced by a structural wooden bridge. The structure consisted of two inclined ramps that joined a movable central section, which could be raised to allow the passage of taller ships. Given the close association with the market, the bridge changed its name and became Ponte di Rialto. In the first half of the fifteenth century two rows of shops were built along the sides of the bridge. The income from the rentals, collected by the state treasury, contributed to the maintenance of the bridge. In 1503 the construction of a stone bridge was proposed for the first time. In the following decades several projects were evaluated. The first project was executed in 1514 by fra Giovanni Giocondo for the remake of the Rialto market. Another collapse occurred in 1524. In 1551 the Venetian authorities issued a tender for the rebuilding of the Rialto bridge. A commission of three supervisors was appointed over the bridge and the Rialto factories, consisting of Antonio Cappello, Tommaso Contarini and Vettor Grimani. Starting from 1554 other projects were presented by the most famous architects of the time, but only at the end of the 16th century the doge Pasquale Cicogna launched a competition. Proposals came from architects such as Jacopo Sansovino, Andrea Palladio and Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, but all proposed a classic approach with many arches. There are two proposals by Palladio [2], which both provide for the rationalization of the entire Rialto area, with two commercial holes at the bridgeheads. The competition was re-proposed in 1587 and Vincenzo Scamozzi and Antonio da Ponte took part, but Da Ponte got the better of it; his project was chosen, on 9 June 1588, because he proposed a single arch [3]. The work was completed in 1591, thanks to the help of the architects Antonio [4] and Tommaso Contin da Besso, today the Lugano district, who were his nephews, as sons of the son-in-law Bernardino Contin. A detta delle cronache, il primo passaggio sul Canal Grande era costituito da un ponte di barche. Un ponte vero e proprio, poggiante su pali in legno, fu costruito da Nicolò Barattierosotto il dogado di Sebastiano Ziani o di Orio Mastropiero (seconda metà del XII secolo)[1] e assunse il nome di "ponte della Moneta" visto che, presso l'estremità orientale dell'opera, sorgeva l'antica zecca. Secondo il Chronicondi Andrea Dandolo, l'evento avvenne nel 1264sotto il dogato di Renier Zen (1252-1268):La crescente importanza del mercato di Rialtosulla sponda orientale del canale fece aumentare il traffico sul ponte galleggiante. Attorno al 1250 fu sostituito da un ponte di legno strutturale. La struttura era costituita da due rampe inclinate che si congiungevano presso una sezione centrale mobile, che poteva essere sollevata per consentire il passaggio delle navi più alte. Data la stretta associazione con il mercato, il ponte cambiò nome e diventò Ponte di Rialto. Nella prima metà del XV secolo lungo i lati del ponte vennero costruite due file di negozi. I proventi derivanti dagli affitti, riscossi dalla tesoreria di stato, contribuivano alla manutenzione del ponte.Nel 1503 venne proposta per la prima volta la costruzione di un ponte in pietra.

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