Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Bridges of Venice

With so many small islands and such an intricate system of canals, bridges become a necessity in Venice. Thanks to bridges of all different shapes and sizes, the city can easily be navigated by foot as well as by boat. While there are numerous smaller footbridges, there are only three bridges that span the Grand Canal. One of these is the wooden Ponte dell'Accademia which resembles the bridge that once stood in its place. Another is the Rialto Bridge which is just as much of a market as it is a piece of infrastucture. Modern bridges have also been constructed in areas such as Giudecca where new housing is being erected. Lucky residents will even find private bridges leading to their doors. All in all, it is clear that bridges are an important part of Venice's circulation and history.
Greg Scarmo

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