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A famous bridge along the Grand Canal that was built in early 12th century.
Timeless Venetian Tour Around Rialto Bridge
Renowned as the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge has been rebuilt many times since its first construction in the 12th century by Nicolò Barattieri. Connecting the districts of San Marco and San Polo, Rialto Bridge which Italian name is Ponte della Moneta used to have several kinds of structure, such as wood, timber, and inclined ramps at a movable central section that can be raised when ships pass the bridge. It was in 1503 that the bridge was rebuilt in stone. The idea was proposed formally by the authorities, whereas the design of the bridge influenced by the Classical approach that is executed by Antonio de Ponte. In the present time, Rialto Bridge still maintained its two inclined ramps lead up to a central portico, while on either side of the portico, the covered ramps include rows of shops.
Formally recognized as the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, the Italo-Byzantine architecture is a cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. Located at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, St Mark Basilica has only been Venice's cathedral since 1807 because it was originally the private chapel of the Doge's Palace. It represents Venetian wealth and power for its magnificent design and gold mosaic floors, hence Chiesa d'Oro (Church of Gold) as its nickname. The interior of the church is based on a Greek cross, whereas its geometric and animal designs floor is tessellated. The exterior of the west facade is divided in lower, upper, and domes part, consisting of grand features and decorations such as the five round-arched portals, mosaics in the lunettes which depicted the scenes of Life of Christ, and statues of Theological and Cardinal Virtues, four Warrior Saints, Constantine, Demetrius, George, Theodosius, and St Mark, as well as the Winged Lion (St Mark's symbol), holds the book quoting 'Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista Meus' (Peace to you Mark my evangelist).
Popularly known by the foreign tourist as St Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco is a public square of Venice, whereas Piazzetta San Marco is the smaller version of the square. The two spaces are the social, religious, and political center of the city as many events have revolved around these sites since the days of the Republic. Piazza and Piazzetta San Marco are surrounded by St Mark's Basilica, Grand Canal, St Mark's Basin, and St Mark's Campanile, remaining as the most popular attractions in Venice as tourists all around the world line up to enter these sites. However, you can skip the long line if you join a guided tour that you can book in advance.
Placed beside St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace has a contrasting appearance compared to the domes, arches, sculpture, and mosaics in St Mark's Basilica as the Venetian Gothic building features roomy design soft colors architecture. On the other hand, the interior of Doge's Palace includes Sala del Maggior Consiglio, historic oil painting of Tintoretto, Sansovino's golden stairway of Scala d'Oro, and paintings by Bellini, Carpaccio, Veronese, and Titian. In the present day, Doge's Palace runs as a museum which is managed by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
Lastly, you may visit the clock tower of St Mark located in the north side of Piazza San Marco at the entrance to the Merceria. Otherwise known as the Torre dell'Orolgio which was named by Ranieri and his son, or the Moors' Clock Tower, the building which was designed and built by Mauro Codussi is the typical Venetian Renaissance architecture comprises a tower containing the clock and the lower buildings on each side. It features the mosaic of glittering gold stars against a blue background, the Lion of St Mark, and the two bronze Mori (Moors) on the terrace which strikes the bell to mark the hours. Not only showing the hours, the clock tower which was made as the official timekeeper of Venice in 1853 also includes the phases of the moon and the signs of the zodiac, whereas a gilded Madonna is on top of the clock. Despite considered as a historical and symbolic icon, the mechanism of St Mark Clock Tower has been altered to suit the present. If you come with large groups, you are advised to book a guided tour which is available in English, French, and Italian.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance fee applied to enter Rialto Bridge. On the other hand, the fee may be charged when you come to the other attractions. Thus, it is best to visit the official website of these sites and Venice tourism to know further information regarding the ticket fee.
How To Get Around?
Everyone is able to explore Rialto Bridge and other attractions near the bridge comfortably, including people who have the walking impairment, disability, and wheelchair user as the pathways are wide to roam around. In addition, the street around these sites provides benches to sit so you do not have to worry when you are getting tired of walking.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as the shirt, cardigan, and pants along with your choices of footwear, be it sneakers or sandals along with the camera to capture the moment and landscape around Rialto Bridge and other attractions near the bridge. Don't forget to bring the raincoat and umbrella during the rainy season.
Best Time to Visit
It is best to visit Rialto Bridge and other attractions near the bridge in the morning until the late afternoon because some attractions may be closed in the night.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you do not necessarily need a guided tour to explore Rialto Bridge and other attractions near the bridge as the site is relatively easy to explore on your own.
How To Get There?
You can reach Rialto Bridge and other attractions near the bridge by riding Train R from Auchan, Gazzera, Nh Hotel Laguna Palace, Viale Garibaldi, and Panorama. You also can take bus number 10 from Gazzera, bus number 5 from Aeroporto Marco Polo, bus number 43 from Nh Hotel Laguna Palace, and bus number 2 from Viale Garibaldi, as well as Ferry number 2 from Aeroporto Marco Polo.