Bridge Rialto on Grand canal famous landmark panoramic view Venice Italy with blue sky white cloud and gondola boat water.
Bridge Rialto on Grand canal famous landmark panoramic view Venice Italy with blue sky white cloud and gondola boat water.

Rialto Bridge

Thrumming with life, the Rialto Bridge is as important to Venetians today as it was 400 years ago. If there’s one sight in Venice that everyone knows, it’s this bridge – and quite rightly so. Completely spanning the Grand Canal’s impressive flow, the Rialto Bridge was built more than three hundred years before London’s Tower Bridge, at a time when the design was considered too ambitious to succeed.

Centuries later and the bridge is one of Venice’s most romantic sights: a palatial stone span that thrives with energy from the many stalls and shops dotting its length. It’s an essential part of life in the city as it connects the districts of San Marco and San Paolo, and is perhaps the city’s most beautiful bridge. Considering there are more than 400 of them, that’s no mean feat.

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8 day suggested trip

Rome and Venice

From £1075 per person
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  • Explore the Vatican City and St Peters Basilica
  • Go shopping in the Piazza di Spagna and climb the Spanish steps
  • Take a water bus and see some of Venices 400 bridge
  • Visit the island of Murano and learn about Venetian glass blowing

10 day suggested trip

London to Rome by Rail

From £1885 per person
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  • 10-day suggested rail itinerary
  • Root out Renaissance art in Florence
  • Round off the trip in Rome
  • Eat the gastronomic delights from Bologna

11 day suggested trip

Venice, Lake Garda and Lake Como

From £2035 per person
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  • Admire the Venetian villas on the shores of Lake Como
  • Savour wines in the rustic vineyards surrounding Lake Garda
  • Visit to the largest island of the archipelago – Venice Lido
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