The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges crossing the Grand Canal and has witnessed centuries of history. Crossing it on foot is rather exciting – if you avoid doing it during the over-crowded hours of the day – but even more spectacular experience is seeing it from the water, perhaps aboard a gondola.
It was originally built during medieval times as a pontoon bridge at the canal’s narrowest
point to facilitate access to the popular Rialto Market. Nowadays it is still a hub of commerce and is lined on both sides by shops. The way to climb it includes as many as 120 steps.