Main menu Cruising
Hotel warning Transportation

Aerial Venice banner

Ponte dei Scalzi

The Ponte dei Scalzi (Venetian for "Ponte degli Scalzi," or "Scalzi Bridge") looks older than it is: The stone bridge was completed in 1934 to replace a 19th Century iron bridge. The latter, built in 1857, was the third bridge across the Grand Canal, after the Ponte di Rialto and the Ponte dell'Accademia.

The Happy Pontist, a British blog about bridges and bridge design, praises the Ponte dei Scalzi for its "simple elegance, especially its slenderness at midspan." (The bridge's thickness at its crown is only 0.8 meter, or about a yard.)

In the aerial view, you can see:

  • The Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station, which dominates the north side of the Grand Canal. From the terrace in front of the station's main steps, a broad sidewalk leads a few meters past the vaporetto platforms to the bridge.

The lower close-up photo shows:

  • The Fondamenta Santa Lucia, a.k.a. the broad stone terrace in front of the station.

  • The vaporetto or waterbus platforms, with slips for water taxis alongside.

  • The Scalzi Church (immediately next to the station, with a tile roof and white stone façade).

  • The Ponte dei Scalzi itself, which leads to the sestiere or district of Santa Croce. (One of our favorite small hotels in Venice, the Hotel Ai Due Fanali, is only three or four minutes from the southern side of the bridge.)

The premier travel-planning site
for Venice, Italy since 1997

arrow About Venice for Visitors


Where to stay (and why):

arrow No. 1 Venice hotel warning

arrow Walking directions to 170+ hotels

View Larger Map

View Larger Map
Aerial Venice: Index of Locations

Don't miss:
arrow Main Menu
arrow Where to stay in Venice and Mestre
arrow Transportation
arrow Sightseeing
arrow Venice Q&A
arrow Top 11 Tourist Mistakes
arrow Top 11 Free Sights
arrow Venice Cruise Port