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Venice, Italy isn’t called the City of Bridges for nothing. Aside from offering a romantic setting to couples, the city is also famous for its breath-taking and beautiful bridges. If you are in Venice, make sure you don’t miss the chance to explore the city’s bridges, as well as the usual attractions – that is, after you check yourself into a hotel. Or if you prefer to feel like a Venetian resident during your trip, you can stay in one of the many Venice apartments available four tourists.
Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)
This bridge is probably one of the most famous – if not the most famous – bridges in Venice.
Built in 1602, this famous landmark is made of white limestone. Passing through Rio di Palazzo, Ponte dei Sospiri connects the city’s old prison with its interrogation rooms. The bridge is said to be called the Bridge of Sighs because it is what the convicts last saw before they went to prisonand they would often let out a sigh. If you are visiting the bridge with a sweetheart, try to kiss in a gondola as the sun sets, as legends have it that this will lead to an eternal love.
Ponte di Rialto
Completed in 1531, the Ponte di Rialto is the oldest bridge located across the Grand Canal. The bridge’s two ramps lead up until the central portico. It has three walkways for the visitors: one located between two rows of shops and two along the balustrades. Ponte di Rialto measures 48 meters long and 22 meters wide; its arc is 7.5 meters long. After more than 400 years, the bridge still stands on 12,000 wooden pilings. For more information and some pictures of this magnificent bridge, click here.
Ponte della Libertà
Although this bridge does not really have an impressive history or style, the Ponte della Libertà, which connects Venice with Mestre, is still worth a visit. It was designed by Eugenio Miozzi in 1932, and came to be thought of as a symbol of the Fascist dictatorship’s end. When it was finished, this bridge became the country’s largest bridge at 3.5 km, with two lanes in each way.
Ponte de la Piavola
Just among the 400 bridges connecting the archipelago of islands divided by canals in the Venetian lagoon, Ponte de la Piavola is also called the “doll’s bridge” or la piavola. If you will notice that the bridge looks more like the rest of Venice, that is simply because the constructors of the bridge used the same salt-white Istrian stone that was used elsewhere in the city.
Ponte degli Scalzi
The Ponte degli Scalzi replaced the city’s old Austrian iron bridge in 1934. It was designed by Eugenio Mozzi and is the first bridge one would see when in Venice. It connects the local urban subdivisions of Santa Croce also known as sestieri and the Cannaregio.
Breathtaking. Beautiful. The bridges in Venice simply add to the unique offerings of the city – a major highlight to many tourists!