Ponte di Rialto

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) is the most famous of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy (the other two are the Accademia Bridge and the Scalzi). In this area, which originally housed the food market, there has always been a canal crossing, at first, a simple bridge of boats, and later a real wooden bridge, made from two inclined ramps with a mobile section in the middle, in order to allow the passage of ships.

The current Rialto Bridge, a stone arch, was designed and built following a design competition between 1588 and 1591. The structure, very similar in style to the previous wooden bridge, is formed by two inclined ramps, with shops on each side, covered by a portico.

The bridge has three walkways: two along the outer balustrades, and a wider central walkway leading between two rows of small shops that sell jewelry, linens, Murano glass, and other items.

The bridge’s 7.5-meter (24-foot) arch was designed to allow passage of galleys, and the structure was built on some 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years later. The architect, Antonio da Ponte (“Anthony of the Bridge,” appropriately enough) and his nephew, Antonio Contino, competed against such eminent designers as Michelangelo, Andrea Palladio and Jacopo Sansovino for the contract.

The Rialto Bridge is one of the most visited tourist attractions of the city.

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4
ISO 200
Focal length 18 mm

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