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

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    History and numbers of the bridges of Venice

    When people think about Venice, bridges are some of the first things that come to mind.

    That’s why a short and fun article about bridges in Venice is a must, don’t you think?

    All the numbers about the bridges in Venice, Italy

    There are exactly 391 bridges in Venice, 403 if we include the Giudecca, crossing 150 canals.

    These 391 bridges in Venice connect to each other the 116-117 islands the city was built on.

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    Bridges in Venice didn't always have the shape you see today. Wonder why?

    In the beginning, bridges in Venice were flat and made of wood. That made them easy to cross, especially for horses pulling carriages. Yes, many centuries ago there were horses and carriages in Venice!

    It was only around the XVI century, that bridges in Venice started being built with an arch. The majority of them were made of stone.

    While flat bridges were a better option for horses and carriages, arched bridges allowed the ever-growing number of boats to easily pass underneath them.

    Since maritime commerce was financially far more important in Venice than horses and carriages, the arched design prevailed over flat bridges.

    When were the first bridge in Venice built?

    The first stone bridge in Venice was built many centuries after the first wooden bridges were erected in the Rialto area in the early 800.

    In fact, according to the book Philipicus, the first stone bridge was built on the 10th of June 1337, next to San Barnaba square.

    Today, the oldest standing bridge in Venice is said to be the private wooden bridge connecting the Rialto Fish Marker, “Pescaria”,  to the “Poste Vecie” restaurant.

    If you’re curious about the history of arch bridges, feel free to check out this Wikipedia article

    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

    Some people in Venice own a bridge!

    Indeed, there are a total of 72 private bridges in Venice.

    Those are 72 very lucky people, aren’t they?

    How many people in the entire world can claim that they are the owner of a centuries-old bridge? That sure is quite a rare asset!

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