The Bridges of Venice

The Rialto Bridge, built in 1524 but preceded by wooden bridges and before that by pontoons, was the only bridge to cross the Grand Canal until 1854. The covered ramps carry small shops on either side of the bridge.

Rialto1

The graffiti are more recent, I believe.

In the past 150 years, a few more bridges crossing the Grand Canal have been built, but you still have to walk quite a while to get to the next one: Accademia Bridge.

Accademia Bridge

But there are more of the little bridges in each of the quarters, leading you on labyrinthine paths which always seem to lead deeper into the city, and never out of it.

bridge1 bridge2 bridge3

The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is not called like that for romantic reasons, but because it is the last bridge that convicts pass(ed) on the way to prison.

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About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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One Response to The Bridges of Venice

  1. Dino Bragoli says:

    Stunning.

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