Famous Bridges

 

Beautiful bridges graced each city we visited in Italy. These four are rightly famous for their beauty and history.

Venice, Rialto Bridge: The oldest bridge spanning the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge was built in the late 1500’s. The graceful, stone-arch bridge is an iconic symbol of Venice, and a huge magnetic attraction for tourists.

Venice, Bridge of Sighs: Venice’s other famous bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, connects the Doge’s Palace to a prison. Supposedly, prisoners would sigh at their last look of Venice from the bridge. The limestone bridge dates from around 1600.

Florence, Ponte Vecchio: Spanning the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval arch bridge built in the 1300’s. Gold shops lining both sides of the bridge. A corridor level above was added by Cosimo de’Medici in 1565. Miraculously, the Ponte Vecchio survived the bombing of Florence during World War II.

Rome, Ponte Sant’Angelo: Emperor Hadrian built this Roman bridge over the Tiber River in 134 A.D. The Ponte Sant’Angelo, or Bridge of Angels, features ten large sculptures of angels by the Baroque master, Bernini. The marble-faced arched bridge, once a route for pilgrims, is now only open to pedestrians.

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Rialto Bridge Over the Grand Canal, Venice

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Bridge of Sighs, Venice

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Ponte Vecchio Over the Arno River, Florence

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Ponte Sant’Angelo, the Bridge of Angels, Over the Tiber River, Rome

 

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