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.
A change in the 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 to be made of stone.
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.
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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