Venice is a city by the sea, whose inhabitants have always used gondolas and bridges to move around, unique channels of communication between the arteries of this wonderful city. The historical center of this lagoon city has more than 400 bridges.
Bridge of Sighs
Located near St. Mark’s square, the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is the most photographed by tourists from around the world. Contrary to what you may think, “sighs” refers to the last breaths emitted by convicts in freedom. According to legend, the prisoners heading to the nearby prison “sighed” when crossing it, faced with the prospect of seeing the outside world for the last time.
The Constitution Bridge, also known as the Calatrava Bridge, spans the Grand Canal of Venice, and until 1850, was exceeded only by the Rialto Bridge.
Ark-shaped, the bridge is supported by a steel frame. Inside the ramps, LED bulbs are installed which dissipate the rays of light towards the glass balustrade, creating a spectacular view at night.
Located in the heart of the city, the Rialto Bridge was built to cross the Grand Canal, the most important artery of Venice, in an area full of shops. It has always been the symbol of the city’s oldest and most active business district, defined by the crowded docks and picturesque markets which, then as now, flank the Canal.
The Arsenale Bridge takes its name from its proximity to the Arsenale di Venezia, a monumental complex of great historical value, developed from the 12th century to become the largest shipyard in the world. The bridge connects the two sides of the Arsenale, and is equipped with powerful defensive towers which were intended to prevent spying of the secrets behind the Venetian art of shipbuilding.