Ponte di Calatrava
Aerial Venice - Index of Locations
Ponte della Costituzione
may be this bridge's official name, but Venetians and visitors alike
almost uniformly call it the Ponte
di Calatrava, or
Calatrava Bridge, after
its creator: Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect, engineer, and
sculptor who has designed buildings, bridges, and other structures
around the world.
The bridge opened to the public in September, 2008, when
it became the fourth bridge over Venice's Grand Canal. It provides a
direct pedestrian link between the
Piazzale Roma (Venice's
gateway for buses, taxis, and cars) and the city's main
Venezia Santa Lucia
Railroad Station. The long, gently-arched span is paved in stone and
frosted green glass, with transparent glass barriers on both sides. The
glass steps can feel a little slippery in wet weather (at least in one's
imagination), so be careful if it's raining or snowing.
In the top photo below, you can see:
The tip of the
parking island in the upper left corner.
cruise-ship basin in the lower left quadrant.
The Piazzale Roma
to the right of the cruise port.
The Santa Lucia train
station above the Piazzale Roma.
The Calatrava bridge
connecting the Piazzale Roma with the fondamenta, or
waterfront sidewalk, that leads to the railroad station. (It's the
short white double line across the water near the loop in the large
canal on the right side of the photo.)
If you zoom in and look carefully, you can see the
tracks of the Venice
People Mover, an automated tramway that connects the Piazzale
Roma with the cruise port and Tronchetto.
The lower photo zeroes in on the bridge, showing the
greenish glass walkway with a strip of stone down the center.
To the right of the bridge, on the Piazzale Roma
side, is the
Santa Chiara Hotel, which is convenient if you have a great deal
of luggage and need easy access to airport buses or taxis.