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Ponte dell'Accademia

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The Ponte dell'Accademia, or Accademia Bridge, crosses the Grand Canal between the sestieri of Dorsoduro and San Marco. It's a key link in the main pedestrian route from the Piazzale Roma (where buses and taxis bring passengers to edge of the historic center) and the tourist area around the Piazza San Marco.

In the top aerial photo, you can see:

  • The final curve of the Grand Canal where it feeds into St. Mark's Basin.

  • The Accademia Bridge itself, which is the grey line across the canal right above the word "Accademia." Just above it is the Campo San Stefano, the second-largest square in the sestiere or district of San Marco.

  • The tip of Dorsoduro (just to the right of the Santa Maria della Salute church), with its historic Dogana di Mare customs house.

  • The Piazza San Marco and Piazzetta in the upper right corner of the photo.

The lower photo zeroes in on the bridge and its immediate surroundings. Look for:

  • The wooden Ponte dell'Accademia, which was built in 1932 as a temporary bridge (replacing a steel bridge from 1854).

  • The Accademia Gallery, an important art museum just to the left of the bridge.

  • Floating platforms of the Accademia vaporetto station, where the No. 1 water bus stops as it zigzags up and down the Grand Canal on its way from the Piazzale Roma and the Santa Lucia Railroad Station to the Piazza San Marco and the Lido di Venezia.

Tip: You'll find a public lavatory beneath the left stairway from the bridge, just across from the Accademia Gallery.


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