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Rialto Bridge

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Venice, Italy.

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This iconic medieval pedestrian bridge spanning the Grand Canal has been a commercial centre for centuries - the old stores and jewellery shops still remain on the bridge itself - rather like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence - though tourists need to have money to burn to shop in them. Just beyond the bridge is the Pescheria - the old fish market - an amazing site before it packs up at midday. Since Venice was founded over 1000 years ago traders and fishermen have been bringing their wares up the Grand Canal to trade in the lee of this bridge.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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Ponte di Rialto

Glorious, romantic Venice’s oldest and most graceful bridge done in white marble, delicate arches and pillars and crossing the Grand Canal at the Rialto Market. The final survivor in at long line of bridges on the spot - all of which collapsed - this is the first and last stone version - but in a similar shop lined style as its predecessors. The shops lining both sides of it supposedly bring in the revenue for its maintenance. Anything more I said would be superfluous - just look on the photo and admire…

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