Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge in Venice that connects San Marco and San Polo areas. It was first in the 12th century and has been rebuilt so many times since then. There’s no doubt that the Rialto Bridge is the most famous bridge and most photogenic of all 4 bridges in the Grand Canal. You can’t speak of Venice without mentioning the Rialto Bridge.
Today, no tourists would miss crossing the bridge and leaving their footprints without standing on it. It has become one of the city’s most-visited tourist attractions.
the Views from Rialto Bridge – The Oldest Bridge in Venice
As you can see, Rialto Bridge is a covered bridge, which is a good thing, especially under the summer heat.
However, due to constant foot traffic and camwhoring tourists, you might not be able to litter here for a long time. Don’t be selfish. Give others a chance to take their own photos. 😀
Though in different areas, the views from Rialto Bridge are as stunning as that from the Accademia Bridge.
Long rows of colourful houses on both sides of the canal look like floating structures.
If you go down the bridge and walk along the canal, you’ll find hundreds of gondolas waiting for your royal presence to be charmed by magic of Venice.
Who would believe that you went to Venice without riding on a gondola? No one.
For solo travelers who are on a tight budget, like me, it’s better if you find someone to share the cost with. It’s also practical that you each would take each other’s photo. Find out what I did here.
Enjoy the rest of the views.
Where to Stay in Venice
Venice is expensive. Like, really expensive. That’s why many backpackers would go on a day trip from Milan or Bologna. If you decide to stay for a night or two, try Venezia Naturalmente. It’s the cheapest I could find in the city. It’s within walking distance to everything, including the water taxi, San Marco Square, and two major bridges connecting to the Grand Canal’s other side. The staff is friendly, and they’d help you navigate the city. It’s clean, and it’s also in a quiet area.
How to Save Money and Time in Venice
Venice can be overwhelming for a first-time visitor. You would have no idea where and how to start. There are just many things to do and see, and most often – if you do it on your own, there’s a fat chance you’ll be lost in the narrow alleys. How many times did I end up on a dead-end alley? Countless! Google Maps seemed confused, too!
So, to save time (especially if you have limited hours/time/day in Venice), money, and effort, do yourself a favor – choose a tour! You don’t have to join everything but choose the ones you think would be interesting to do.