Rialto Bridge - Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

With that said, there are so many places to visit and photograph in Venice, that you will find yourself snapping away, and may possibly forget to immerse yourself in the sensation that can only be had in Venice Italy.

One of our favorite spots is the Ponte di Rialto, or the Rialto Bridge.  The Rialto is a stone-arch bridge which crosses the narrowest point of the Grand Canal.  It was built in the last years of the 16th century.  It is the oldest bridge to cross the Grand Canal.  It is also an architectural and engineering achievement of the Renaissance.  It was designed and built by Antonio da Ponte and his nephew Antonio Contino following a design competition in Venice.

The Rialto is the most famous bridge in Venice, and one of the most famous in the world.  It was a food market, today it is a market in tourist goods. The Rialto is a gathering spot for tourists from all over the world, as well as locals and lovers. 

Stroll the Rialto, not once, not twice but maybe a half-dozen times.  Gaze at the many faces of those that walk by.  Have a gelato and walk over the bridge to gaze at the jewelry stores, souvenir shops, and leather goods.  Listen to the hum of the Venetian Water Buses that float beneath, or the crooning of the gondoliers. (Fun Fact:  Most of the songs that the gondoliers are signing are Neapolitan, from the Naples area of Italy!) Stroll during sunrise and witness the city come alive, or during sunset as all the lovers begin their serenade.

To get there, take one of the Venetian Water Buses for a low-cost way to travel the Grand Canal, or hire a Gondola to take you beneath the Rialto.  Venice is a city that can only be done by walking, so make sure you are fit and ready to walk all over this amazing city.  Bring a great camera or an extra memory card for your cell phone camera.  You’re going to need it!