Ponte di Rialto, Venice

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Overlook the Grand Canal from one of Venice's most important landmarks, Ponte di Rialto. Anchoring the historic city center, the iconic bridge is an example of 16th-century architecture, with two steep ramps meeting to form an uncharacteristically high arch of 7.5 m (25 ft). Take a traditional gondola tour of the canal to admire the historic structure from the water. You also can stand in the archways of Venice's oldest canal bridge. Add Ponte di Rialto to your Venice travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Venice attractions planning tool .
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  • I believe that this is one of the better bridges in Venice it straddles the gran canal and has shops either side and along the top there are 3 walkways on this bridge one on either side outboard and a...  more »
  • Majestic. Work of architecture and engineering. Evocative photos with canal. Must see for tourists.
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  • It's one opens beautiful, but too bad it is invaded store part and others. Many people disguised to make pictures, but don't go too late. Enter the big store style new galleries, go up the escalators and a surprise at the top, and it's free... You have an amazing view from the heights of Venice...
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  • Beautiful bridge, we visited on the way back to our hotel. The sun was just setting in the horizon and there was a steady stream of people passing over the bridge by the time we reached - I've heard this is not uncommon as it's a tourist location. You can see why. I would recommend a visit if you like impressive architectural structures and designs. You may also find a few things to take away with you as there are small shops and stalls.
  • Beautiful bridge. Iconic and unusual in that bridge is comprised of shops. Very crowded most days, so best time to visit is probably early morning. I was there in December, and although during the week was relatively quiet, it was packed at the weekend. Can only imagine how busy it is in the summer! Don't fancy experiencing that. Beautiful bridge though.
  • An important tourist attraction. The bridge is unique because it is covered with shops. It is usually crowded as all tourists flock to the bridge for the spectacular views from its top. Since it is one of the few bridges that crosses the grand canal, the view of the canal and the facade of the buildings facing the canal are magnificent.
  • We visited the bridge over Christmas. I'm sure it wasn't as crowded as it usually is, but there were a lot of people. There are shops along the middle, some high end, and some had good deals. If you want to stand along the edge of the bridge, it was crowded. I would suggest to go early or a little later. We also got a good view from the water bus.
  • One of the landmark attraction of Venice. A must visit place. You will enjoy taking pictures outside of the bridge as much as on the bridge. The view from the bridge is amazing. This is located on the grand canal and easily accessible through the normal boats or gondolas. It's normally very crowded.

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Save money and avoid tourist crowds by booking your accommodation outside the historical center of Venice. Central Venice is full of picturesque canals and narrow lanes, but it is also extremely noisy and hectic throughout the day and late into the night. You can explore the ancient city's charms at your own pace by staying at a comfortable B&B or small hotel located in the city's residential suburbs. To stay close to the finest beaches and restaurants, check into a hotel on the island of Lido, the city's famous seaside resort.
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