The Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge ("Ponte Rialto") seems to be a central tourist attraction of Venice. I took a number of pictures, and here are a few representative images. The bridge has three walkways across, one on either side, and one down the middle surrounded by small shops. The west end of the bridge runs into a long walkway flanked by tourist shops, and part of the produce market. The bridge was built in 1588-1591, replacing a set of earlier wooden bridges.

Satruday, March 31, 2001

Approaching the Rialto Bridge from the north, as the water taxi heads for Hotel Marconi from the airport.

Saturday, March 31, 2001

A few moments later, we are passing under the bridge; this closeup shows some of the bridges architecture. It also shows that the bridge looks like it's in pretty good shape for being a tad over 400 years old.

Sunday, April 1, 2001

And here we see the bridge spanning the Grand Canal in morning light, along with a tourist gondola. Hotel Marconi is the 3rd building over from the left. Picture taken from a bus on the Grand Canal

Sunday, April 1, 2001

Same morning, same bridge, this time viewed from the left, on the walkway lined with cafes along the west bank of the Grand Canal.

Sunday, April 1, 2001

Looking up the center stairway onto Rialto Bridge, from the walkway lined with tourist shops (there's at least one of anything you can think of here). You can also see the walkway along the north side of the bridge, on the left. The south walkway is out of view to the right.

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