Saturday, April 27, 2013

Boats and Canals of Venice, part 6: Bridges

Accademia, closest to Piazza San Marco, above (2); Rialto, below (2); and Constitution: 3 of 4 long and tall bridges that cross the Grand Canal.
The Rialto Bridge seems to achieve an architectural optical illusion, for it is far larger than any photo would indicate.
Constitution and Scalzi (not pictured) are near the rail station.

Bridge of Sighs

There may be no two bridges alike in all of Venice and the other islands in the Venetian lagoon. They are vernacular and personal to the neighborhoods they serve. Their height is determined by size of the canals they span. All have an arch and will allow at least a small boat.

Bridge between islands at Burano

Ancient bridge on Torcello

Bridge on Giudeca

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