Ponte di Rialto / Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge, takes its name from 'rivo alto' (high bank) and was one of the first areas of Venice to be inhabited. A banking and then market district, it remains one of the city's busiest areas. Locals and visitors alike jostle among the colorful stalls of the Erberia (fruit and vegetable market) and Pescheria (Fish market). Stone bridges were built in Venice as early as the 12th century, but it was not until 1588 CE, after the collapse, decay, and sabotage of earlier wooden structures, that a solid stone bridge was designed for the Rialto. Few visitors leave Venice without crossing this well-known bridge. It is a wonderful place to watch and photograph the constant activity of boats on the Grand Canal below.