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

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    History and numbers of the bridges of Venice

    When people think about Venice, bridges are always amongst those features that most impress visitors. That’s why a short and juicy 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. The 391 bridges in Venice connect to each other the 117/118 – no one seems to agree on the number – islands the city of Venice 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 which were once allowed to circulate in the city.

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

    In fact, while flat bridges were the better option for horses and carriages, it was arched bridges that allowed the ever-growing number of boats to easily pass underneath them and easily access every corner of the city!

    Bridging time with your feet

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

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    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 bridge. Today, there are a total of 72 private bridges in Venice. Those are 72 very lucky people, aren’t they?! We mean how unique is it, in the entire world, to be the owner of a centuries-old private bridge? That sure is quite a rare asset!

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