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ABC: About Bridges & Canals

A Massive Bridge in Venice Photo, Venice, Italy

It's no secret that Venice is the home to some of the most spectacular architectural sites of the Old World. Italy on a whole is brimming with ancient statues, magnificent arches and various memorials for persons who have made a considerable contribution to the nation. Even though the entire city of Venice is a historical wonderland, the hundreds of bridges and canals are one of the major attractions it offers.

The bridges and canals link together over 100 separate islands and islets, which create the floating city which we all know and love. While the canals by themselves aren't spectacular with their murky waters, coupled with the many bridges and ancient buildings found on their banks, they form one of the most photogenic sites on earth.

While many tourists prefer to view the bridges from the comfort of their gondolas, or via a vaporetto, I've found that the best way to experience these masonry arts is to clamber over them by foot.

There are many famous bridges all through the city, from the Accademia Bridge to the renowned Rialto Bridge. The Rialto Bridge has stood over the Grand Canal for centuries and its one of the oldest bridges currently in the City of Canals.

These bridges may be some of the largest, however there were countless others within the city which captured my interest. Some were extremely small in size, with approximately only twenty steps in total, linking two islands which were originally divided by a narrow waterway.

One of such quaint bridges was located near to a small restaurant, quite a distance away from the Grand Canal. The stonework on this suspended staircase blended in with the brick and mortar buildings within the immediate vicinity.

As I drew closer to San Marco Square, the aesthetic quality of the bridges noticeably increased. Pale stonework created these precious links across the canals, with different types of concrete patterns molded into the framework. Underneath these bridges, the canals which lay below were part of the gondola routes, so gondolas would pass under frequently, being expertly manned by their gondoliers.

While the bridges are really lovely to admire, they proved to be extremely essential in obtaining impressive photographs of the Venitian waterways. Standing in the middle of one of these bridges would provide a visitor with a great vantage point to capture not only the canals, but the buildings which stand on either side.

I found it utterly amazing how these bridges allowed me to walk from island to island. I must've crossed over thirty of these structures during my walk to San Marco Square from the Grand Canal, and each bridge had its own distinctive quality which made it stand out from the others.

What I thought would have been a long and tedious journey by foot turned out to be nothing short of magical, and I highly recommend all able visitors to take a long walk through the floating city. Some of the most stunning architectural pieces you will ever witness may be closer to your fingers than you'd think.

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