Rialto Bridge, Venice – Did You know?
If you travel to Venice you should not miss this architectural jewel! Between San Polo and San Marco districts you’ll find the audacious Rialto Bridge. Did you know that…
- It is one of four bridges that cross the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
- The first Rialto Bridge was built around 1181! And then rebuilt several times after that.
- It is the symbol of business in the oldest part of the city: spices, precious stones and silk were all traded here.
- Until 1854, when Accademia Bridge was built, Rialto was the only way to cross the Gran Canal on foot.
- Even Michelangelo submitted a design for the new bridge when the Venetians decided to abandon the fragile wood and construct a more solid structure in stone.
- In 1588, Antonio da Ponte built it in marble but its design was vastly criticized. Many thought it would crumble as it was only anchored at each end with no support in the middle – single span bridge.