The Rialto Bridge was built in 1591 by architect Antonio da Ponte (no pun intended, his last name just happens to mean “bridge”). A generous donation by Renzo Rossi of Diesel of 5 million euro seemed adequate for the work which has been estimated at about 3million. Read our Blog on the donation
So what happens when a 428 year old bridge needs a face life, some tightening, some foundation work?
Well each day brings a challenge. But many of the difficulties the construction crew has experienced are less from this work 428 years ago but from concrete which was not properly sealed during restorations in the 1900s. So with each section that begins repairs, more support work is required. The support structure must be reinforced with steel sheets for strength. And the low railing (known as a balustrade) also integral to the beauty of the bridge required substantial restoration.
And they have yet to begin the delicate work of the central staircase – where shops line the steps – an icon of Venice.
Here are some of my favorite pictures of the bridge, over the seasons and over the years. The bridge remains the same, but I can never resist snapping a few pictures each trip.
So 3 million, 5 million, what would Venice be without the Rialto Bridge?
For me, I am just ready to enjoy this beautiful bridge Com’e era! (Like It Was)
If you’d like to see a short clip on the repair of the bridge, Click Here