If you’ve been planning to visit Venice one of these days, you’ll probably have to wait a little bit longer, but that shouldn’t stop you from fantasizing about this city.
The Rialto Bridge is one of the most beautiful attractions of this Italian city, and here’s a couple of things you should know about it before finally getting to see it with your own eyes.
The Very First
Four beautiful bridges are spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, but this one was the first to come and it’s been around much longer than most people think.
The Rialto Bridge was originally constructed in the 12th century as a pontoon bridge, before being transformed into a wooden bridge in 1255, and replaced with a stone bridge in 1591.
Fall From Grace
The history of this iconic bridge is full of collapses, and the most memorable one took place in 1444 when Rialto crumbled down under the weight of people watching a boat parade.
Once the authorities decided to rebuild the bridge in stone, many famous architects and artists of the time were offered the project, including Michelangelo. Rialto was eventually designed by Antonio da Ponte, and it went on to become one of the biggest symbols of Venice.