Ponte di Rialto
Chiesa di San Bartolomeo
German traders didn’t have to stray far from the trading floor of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi to pray for an upswing in the market for...
Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto
Steps away from the Rialto Bridge, this church is famous for its 15th-century clock. The building itself dates back to the 11th century.
Rubbed for luck for centuries, the 1541 statue Il Gobbo (The Hunchback) is now protected by an iron railing. Il Gobbo served as a...
That roar behind the Rialto means the DJ’s funk set is kicking in at All’Alba. Squeeze inside to order salami sandwiches (€1 to €2.50)...
Sacro E Profano
Musicians, artists and philosophising regulars make this hideaway under the Rialto exceptionally good for eavesdropping – but once that...
Ponte di Rialto information
A superb feat of engineering, Antonio da Ponte’s 1592 Istrian stone span took three years and 250,000 gold ducats to construct. Adorned with stone reliefs depicting St Mark, St Theodore and the Annunciation, the bridge crosses the Grand Canal at its narrowest point, connecting the neighbourhoods of San Polo and San Marco. Interestingly, it was da Conte's own nephew Antonio Contino who designed the city's other iconic bridge, the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs).
When crowds of shutterbugs clear out around sunset, the bridge's south side offers a romantic view of black gondolas pulling up to golden Grand Canal palazzi (mansions).