The oldest of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal in the city of Venice, Italy is the Rialto Bridge which was opened in 1591. The bridge was originally built in the 12th century and was rebuilt a couple of times after that because of collapse. It wasn't until the 16th century that the bridge that stands today was built. The bridge was designed by architect Antonio de Ponte, it is a single span stone bridge with two inclined ramps that lead up to a central portico. The bridge at the time was considered audacious and future ruin was predicted but it still stands today and is one of Venice’s main sights and a vital part of connecting the cities districts.
If you are not staying in Venice then one travel option is to board a ferry to the city. Another option is to catch a train to Venice’s local train station which is a 10 minute walk away. Otherwise, if you are already in Venice then the most common way to get to the bridge is on foot.
Opening Times and Admission
The bridge is open to the public at all hours of every day, it is a public bridge so is free to cross.