Ponte di Rialto
Aerial Venice - Index of Locations
Ponte di Rialto,
or Rialto Bridge, is the
oldest and most celebrated of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal. It
was built between 1588 and 1591 to replace a wooden bridge, and stone
arches on either side of the central staircase aren't just there to earn
revenue from shopowners' rents: They also provide structural strength
for the single-span bridge.
In the two Google photo maps below, you can see:
The sestiere or district of
San Polo on the left side of the
Grand Canal, including the Campo San
Polo (which is Venice's second-largest square, after the
Piazza San Marco).
The sestiere of
San Marco on the right side of
the canal below the bridge. (The district of
Cannareggio starts just above
and to the right of the bridge.)
On the left side of the Rialto Bridge, above the
church and the square behind it, are the
Rialto Food Markets,
which consist of the Erberia
(mostly produce) and the Pescheria
(fish and other seafood).
On the right side of the canal, below the bridge,
you can see a row of vaporetto platforms. These are used by
buses of the ACTV, Venice's transit system.