9. Rialto BridgeThe Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It connects the sestieri of San Marco and San Polo. It has been rebuilt several times since its first construction and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city.
The Rialto bridge will be one of my favorite places. Almost every day, between 7 and 8.30AM I sat down next to the big square, by the canal and waited for the boats to arrive. Filled with products for the stores and restaurants, the kind man always gave me a box of milk, juice, water or fruits while unloading their goodies and post. I loved this ballet of man, products and screaming customers waiting for their merchendise.During the day, we were getting lost in the numerous sottoporteghi (passages) and calli (streets). For your information, street numbers won’t be of any help unless you are near your destination. But don’t worry. If you get lost, you will ALWAYS (eventually) arrive at the Canal. This is if you don’t, ask a venician. They are usually very helpful, unless they say “sempre dritto” (straight ahead) which can be quite disturbing since there are curves and twists every meter.
We popped over to see the Rialto Bridge first. The shops along the bridge and the market nearby were closed of course, but it was nice strolling along the canals.
Rialto bridge which also offers one of the best views of Venice. This is the oldest bridge on the canal and a must visit. You can enjoy the views from here or do some shopping at the many stalls on this bridge!