Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge of Venice and most renowned in the entire world. The Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges of Venice. It is also one of the most famous thanks to its peculiar history and fine architecture. For many years Rialto Bridge was the most important financial centre in Venice. The bridge is also referred to as The Lover's Bridge.
The Rialto Bridge was constructed at the end of the 16th century of the Renaissance period by Antonio da Ponte. the bridge is a magnificent closed-spandrel deck arch bridge that connects districts of San Marco and San Polo. The area is quietly crowded but is worth climbing up the stairs and clicking some photographs for unforgettable lasting memories.
Rialto Bridge has gone through many transformations. In 1181 Nicolo Barattieri built a Pontoon Bridge called Ponte Della Moneta. As mint leaves grew at its entrance, it was named Ponte Della Moneta. Then, in 1255 the Moneta bridge was replaced by Wooden Bridge due to increased traffic in Rialto Market.
The construction of the Wooden Bridge was exceptional and praiseworthy at that period. That wooden bridge had two ramps on each side and a platform in the middle. The middle platform of the bridge was raised to allow ships to pass through. As it was a Wooden Bridge, it often needed huge maintenance costs. All the shops nearby bridge helped in recovering the maintenance cost of the bridge. Years later The Wooden Bridge was named 'Rialto Bridge', as the Rialto Market was nearby and the public used this bridge as a path to access the Rialto Market.
In 1310 the fire damaged the Wooden Bridge. After that, it was repaired, but it collapsed for the first time in 1444. The reason was its incapacity to handle the weight of the crowd. It was then rebuilt in 1524 but again collapsed. Afterwards, it was decided to rebuild it with different stone materials. Many architects presented their designs, but their designs were rejected by the authorities. The fault in their designs would’ve hindered the movement of ships.
Then, a Venetian architect, Antonio da Ponte, presented his design. The design was approved by the authorities and construction started in 1588. It took three years from 1588 to 1591 to build a single stone-arch bridge. The construction of the Bridge made it easy for people to access the Rialto Market. Also, the structure helped in the smooth functioning of trading procedures in the market. Both sides of the bridge are filled with shops.
Experience of a good sunset at this bridge is a beautiful time in its own.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
It is a romantic ride that you can enjoy with your partner. Away from all the hustle and noise you can spend some peaceful quality time with your other half and enjoy nature and environment to its best. Gondola Ride will make your trip unforgetful one. It has the capacity of carrying 6 people at a time and It will cost you 80 euros before 7 PM and 100 euros after 7 PM.
Sight View & Night walk
If you are in Venice you should not miss the Breathtaking View from Rialto Bridge. This beautiful panoramic scenic view will blow your minds, and in the night the beauty of this place outshines the most. Night walk in this area is a must.
Market and paintings
While walking in the streets you can enjoy the market and the paintings around the bridge. You can buy these paintings to treasure the moments you spent in the Floating City- Venice, forever. From the market, you can buy all the souvenirs for your family and friends. The place is quite chaotic but worth the visit.