Riva del Vin from Ponte Rialto

Riva del Vin from Ponte Rialto

Riva del Vin from Ponte Rialto

 

A stone bridge was built on the site in the 12th century.  Ponte Rialto was built

in 1588 following the collapse of a previous wooden structure in 1444.

this was caused by the combined weight of those gathered on the bridge to

celebrate the wedding of Marchese di Ferrara.  The fourth bridge had a draw bridge

built to allow tall masted galleys to pass through.

 

The present bridge was designed by Antonio da Ponte in the 16th century 1588-1591.

Until 1854 it was the only means of crossing the canal on foot.

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