7 things you didn’t know about the bridges in Venice, Italy.

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    Bridges in number or number of bridges?

    In Venice there are exactly 391 bridges, 403 including the Giudecca, crossing 150 canals and uniting the 117/118 – no one seems to agree on this – islands the city was built on.

    Changing shape and built to adapt to new footsteps

    In the beginning, those bridges were flat and made of wood, easy to cross for the horses pulling the carriages that could circulate in the city. Only around the XVI century, did the bridges start being all built arched and most of them made of stones.

    Bridging time with your feet

    The first stone bridge, close to the Church of San Zaccaria,  came centuries later after the first wooden bridges that were erected in the Rialto area. The oldest bridge today is said to be the private wooden bridge connecting the “Pescaria”  to the “Poste Vecie” restaurant.

    One of the 391 bridges in Venice. On the background of this private bridge, the tall walls of the Arsenale.

    They got a Private bridge

    The oldest bridge in Venice is not the only privately owned one.  Today, there is a total of 72 private bridges in Venice. 72 lucky people! We mean how unique is it, in the entire world, to be the owner of a maybe centuries-old private bridge? We guess it’s quite a rare asset!

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