The Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) is an elegant, arched stone bridge lined with arcades on each side. It is one of only four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, and connects the districts of San Marco and San Polo. There are many shops under the arcade, many of which cater to tourists who flock here to see this famous bridge, and admire views of the Grand Canal’s busy waterway. The Rialto Market is also found here.
An interesting fact to note is that the architect, Antonio da Ponte, competed against well-known designers like Michelangelo and Palladio to win the contract to build the Rialto Bridge. He was also the uncle of Antonio Contino, architect of Venice’s other famous bridge, The Bridge of Sighs!
Hmm..looks like talent ran in the family!