Ponte della Costituzione


Avant-garde Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s 2008 bridge over the Grand Canal has been called many things: a fish tail, a glass tongue, pleasingly streamlined, displeasingly wheelchair-inaccessible and torture if you're lugging bags to and from the bus station. Some prefer the bridge by night, viewed as a ghostly streak of light reflected in the Grand Canal; others appreciate daylight, which reveals its red ribbed-steel underbelly.

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1. Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo

0.17 MILES

Designed by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto and completed in 1738, this domed neoclassical building was one of the last churches to be built in Venice. It's…

2. Chiesa dei Scalzi

0.21 MILES

An unexpected outburst of baroque extravagance, this Longhena-designed church (built 1654–80) has a facade by Giuseppe Sardi that ripples with columns and…

3. Chiesa di San Rocco

0.32 MILES

Built by Bartolomeo Bon between 1489 and 1508 to house the remains of its titular saint, beautiful St Roch's Church received a baroque facelift between…

5. Scuola Grande di San Rocco

0.33 MILES

Everyone wanted the commission to paint this building dedicated to St Roch, patron saint of the plague-stricken, so Tintoretto cheated: instead of…

6. Chiesa di San Pantalon

0.34 MILES

It's not the prettiest from the outside, but the bald brick facade of this 17th-century church (rent by a concerning crack), doesn't give any indication…

7. I Frari

0.36 MILES

A soaring Gothic church, the Friary's assets include marquetry choir stalls, Canova's pyramid mausoleum, Bellini's achingly sweet Madonna with Child…

8. Chiesa di San Geremia

0.38 MILES

This hefty-domed 18th-century church contains the body of St Lucy (Santa Lucia), one of the early church's most famous martyrs, who was killed in Syracuse…