The Rialto Bridge, symbol of the greatness of Venice during the Serenissima period, is the oldest and most famous of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal.
Known across the world for its beauty, architecture and history, it was for years the hub of Venice's economy.
In the early 1500s people began to talk about replacing the previous wooden bridge, which burned and was destroyed several times. After rejecting the projects of the famous architects Michelangelo, Palladio and Sansovino, the project was entrusted to Antonio da Ponte, one of the most talented Venetian engineers of the time. Construction began in 1588 and was completed in 1591. This bridge was the only connection between the two banks of the Grand Canal until 1854.
A single archway spanning over 28 meters and richly decorated, twelve thousand wooden poles to support the foundations, and 24 stores, distributed on both sides of the structure initially hosted mostly goldsmiths, jewelers and craftsmen.
You must cross the bridge and take a picture from the top to enjoy a unique and magnificent view of the Grand Canal.