Grand Canal Bridges

The main bridges of Venice: Rialto, Accadmeia, Scalzi, and Calatrava
Top left: Ponte di Calatrava. (Photo by Speiser+Speiser); Top right: Ponte di Rialto. (Photo by gnuckx); Bottom left : Ponte dell'Accademia. (Photo by Gary Houston); Bottom right: Ponte degli Scalzi.

The four (ocassionally five) bridges across the Grand Canal of Venice

There are more than 400 bridges in Venice —but only four to five bridges span across the mighty Grand Canal. (Yes, 4–5; I'll explain.)

From north to south, the Grand Canal bridges are:

  • Ponte di Calatrava: Officially named "Ponte della Costituzione," this modern glass span connecting Piazzale Roma (bus terminus and parking garages) with the train station was controversial even before it opened in 2008.
  • Ponte degli Scalzi: The "barefoot bridge" (named after shoeless monks) connecting the train station area with the Santa Croce neighborhood. The current stone version was built in 1934.
  • Ponte di Rialto: The famous shop-lined bridge halfway along the Canal's lazy bend. » more
  • Ponte dell'Accadmia: A wooden bridge connecting the San Marco neighborhood to the Accademia Gallery in Dorsoduro. This ones dates to 1985 (a reproduction of the deteriorating one from 1933, which in turn replaced a steel bridge of 1854.)
  • (Temporary Votive bridge: For the 4-5 days surrounding the annual Festa della Salute on Nov. 21, a pontoon bridge spans the mouth of the Grand Canal from Santa Maria del Giglio, near Piazza San Marco, to Calle Lanza near Santa Maria della Salute).

Crossing the Grand Canal where there is no bridge

In addition to the bridges there is a system of traghetti gondola skiffs that cross at eight points for €2 a ride (just follow any street called "Calle del Traghetto"). » more

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Grand Canal cruises

If you want a longer Grand Canal ride (1–2 hours) in a smaller boat shared by only 4–8 people—and an guide to provide commentary and context—you can book a private boat tour of the Grand Canal:

How long does it take to cruise down the Grand Canal?

Planning your day: A leisurely vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal from Piazzale Roma to San Marco will take about 30 minutes on the express (line 2 to the San Marco-Vallaresso stop) or 45 minutes on the local (line 1 to the San Marco-S. Zaccaria stop).

Between 6:21am and 10pm, there's a boat every 10 minutes, so factor that brief wait into your schedule.

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How to grab the best seats

Vaporetto boats are open up at the prow with benches, so dash forward to grab an outdoor seat for the best views.

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If you want a longer Grand Canal ride (1–2 hours) in a smaller boat shared by only 4–8 people—and an guide to provide commentary and context—you can book a private boat tour of the Grand Canal:




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