Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) Tours

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The Rialto Bridge was the first to span Venice’s Grand Canal (Canal Grande) between its two highest points above sea level. The original 12th-century wooden bridge was replaced in 1592 by a stone structure resting on wooden pilings—a bold design by Antonio da Ponte featuring a single central arch over the water that allow ships to pass. Today, the bridge is among Italy’s most famous, carrying an endless stream of tourists and locals across the canal while countless gondolas and vaporetto water buses pass beneath.

The Basics
The Rialto is one of the most famous landmark bridges in Europe, and a popular and crowded Venice attraction connecting the San Marco district, home of St. Mark's Square, to the San Polo district, where Venice's famous fish market has stood for 700 years. The bridge is visited on nearly every walking tour through the "Floating City," along with other historic tourist attractions like the nearby Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), and St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco). For a unique view of the bridge far from the crowds, consider booking a Venice gondola ride or Venice Grand Canal evening boat tour to see the bridge from the water.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The bridge is lined with tiny shops and leads to the San Polo neighborhood, known for its market and gourmet stores; it’s an ideal spot for souvenir shopping.
  • The Rialto is a pedestrian bridge but has stairs on each side, so it is not accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get to There
The Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal between the San Marco and San Polo districts, and can be reached by vaporetto water bus lines 1 and 2 via the Rialto stop. Along Venice's maze of tiny streets, there are signs and arrows painted on the walls at regular intervals pointing toward the Rialto.

When to Get There
The islands of Venice are crowded with tourists during the popular summer months, and it can be a challenge to navigate the crowds on the bridge. Take an early morning or late evening stroll if visiting between April and October, or book a private tour by boat along the Grand Canal.

The Grand Canal Bridges
The Rialto Bridge is one of four bridges that span the Grand Canal. The other three are the wood-and-steel Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell'Accademia), the modern Constitution Bridge (Ponte della Costituzione), and the marble ‘Bridge of the Barefoot’ (Ponte degli Scalzi).
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Address: Ponte di Rialto, Venice 30125, Italy
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Hours: Open every day, 24 hours a day.
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Admission: Free
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.
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Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride

First time in Venice? Maximise your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people ensuring a personalized experience.
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6-Day Small Group Italy Tour of Rome Florence Pisa Venice

Explore the best of Italy on a 6-day tour through Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Venice. See famous landmarks like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Ponte Vecchio, the Florence Cathedral, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and much more. Travel between cities by train and admire the passing Italian countryside and enjoy a stress-free trip with all lodging, transfers, entrance tickets, and sightseeing tours included.
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30-minute Private Gondola Ride in Venice

Reserve a classic Venetian experience with a private gondola ride through Venice’s romantic canals. Enjoy a beautifully crafted boat and professional gondolier just for your party as you glide down the Grand Canal and smaller waterways, passing historic palaces and landmarks like Mozart’s home and the Rialto Bridge. Book ahead to guarantee a private ride for you group and avoid the hassle of negotiating a price on the spot.
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Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

Spend a delightful evening cruising along the canals of Venice on this private boat tour. Take in the architectural masterpieces that line the Grand Canal and smaller waterways from aboard a comfortable modern water taxi, venturing further than a traditional gondola would allow. Learn about the artistic and cultural history of Venice from your English-speaking guide as you soak in the sights on your choice of a 1-hour or 2-hour ride.
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Secret Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Experience two of the most unique sides of Venice with a combination of a walking tour of hidden gems and a gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Join an experienced guide for the start of your 2-hour combined tour by exploring some less-visited parts of Venice on foot. See the famous La Fenice theater's facade and the elegant spiral stair of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Then enjoy a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and some side canals, during which you'll see the magical city from a whole new perspective. Get to know some of the unusual areas of Venice.
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Venice Private Photography Tour

Hone your photography skills as you explore romantic Venice and capture the magic of the floating city on camera. Embark on a private 3- or 6-hour tour tailor-made for you and stroll along the Grand Canal, admire landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark’s Basilica, or get a feel for local life in Venice’s vibrant neighborhoods. With the help of your guide, a professional photographer, learn how to get the best out of your camera, master basic photography techniques and receive expert tips on angles and lighting along the way.
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Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Explore the hidden corners of Venice on a 2.5-hour walking tour and benefit from local knowledge. You'll stroll with a small group to the city square of Campo Santa Margherita, see the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Then cross the Rialto Bridge and walk past the Marco Polo House to St. Marc's Square. Upgrade for a private tour.
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Welcome to Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Basilica San Marco and Gondola Ride

Experience quintessential Venice on this 3-hour walking tour, including a memorable gondola ride. See iconic landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and the House of Marco Polo; get a taste of local life at the Rialto Fish Market and explore historic neighborhoods like Cannaregio. Then, admire the palatial architecture of St. Mark’s Square, enter the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica and soak up the scenery on a romantic gondola cruise. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
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Hidden Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Discover the magic and mysteries of Venice from two different perspectives on a combo gondola ride and walking tour. Climb aboard a traditional Venetian gondola for a voyage through the Grand Canal and some smaller, atmospheric canals, passing magnificent palazzos and churches along the way. Then, explore the historic area between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge on foot, following a guide through winding backstreets, squares, and marketplaces brimming with character to uncover the hidden stories of Venice.
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Walking Tour of Venice from St.Mark's Square

Get to know Venice on street (and canal) level on this half-day walking tour, originating at St. Mark's Square. With a guide, stop by highlights such as the Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, the Doge's Palace, and the Basilica of St. Mark's while listening to engaging commentary on Venice's history. Skip-the-line entrance to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica included.
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Hidden Venice Walking Tour

Get to know some of the canal city's secrets during this 1.5-hour walking tour of hidden Venice. Let an experienced local guide show you some of the city's more off-beat sights. Walk from the popular St. Mark's Square to the Rialto Bridge to find the hidden gems along the way. Enjoy seeing this unique city at a leisurely pace.
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Discover Venice Walking Tour with Gondola Ride

Combine a walking tour of Venice with a classic gondola ride in this 2-hour tour. Follow your guide through Piazza San Marco to the Rialto Bridge, then explore the city's canals with a gondolier.
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Venice for Kids: Family-Friendly Small-Group Walking Tour

History and architecture may not be your children’s idea of fun, so keep them interested during your trip on a specifically designed family-friendly Venice walking tour. As you walk from St Mark’s Square to Rialto with a guide, who is also a parent, this 2-hour interactive experience will inspire imaginations with kid-centric stories, mysteries and activities related to Venice’s unique art and heritage.
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Private Venice Walking Tour

See the Venice sights that you want to see with this fully customized private tour, for a group of up to 10 people. Just choose a duration that suits your schedule, then head out with a private guide to discover the city. Perhaps take a tour that gives you the history behind the famous sights of St. Mark's Square such as the Doge's Palace, or maybe focus on the tucked-away treasures of Venice such as the Fontego dei Tedeschi building near the Rialto Bridge. It's the perfect way to explore Venice at your own pace.
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Private Venice Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

The winding streets and waterside alleys of Venice lend themselves well to walking tours. Get an intimate glimpse into the Floating City on a small-group walking and gondola tour that provides the perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Limited to 12 people, this tour promises personalized attention from your guide and reveals parts of Venice that you may have missed if exploring on your own. Plus, you can choose from several departure times throughout the day.
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Hidden Venice Afternoon Walking Tour

Venture off the beaten track and see the secret side of Venice on this 1.15-hour walking tour. Stroll along the tranquil canal ways and get a glimpse of local life as you explore Venice’s vibrant neighborhoods. Along the way, stop to snap photos of the Rialto Bridge, admire the striking Bovolo Staircase and La Fenice Theater, and peek into lively bacaris (local bars).
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Venetian Food, Ghosts, and Legends Walking Tour

Have an evening of Venetian food, ghosts, and legends with this small-group walking tour. After visiting the Rialto Bridge area, you’ll check out some Venetian bacari, the traditional wine taverns that are loved by the locals. Indulge in ombra and cicchetti (small glasses of wine and snacks), and then head to Castello and Cannaregio to uncover the ghosts that lurk around the neighborhoods’ history-steeped corners. Numbers are limited to just 15 people for a small-group tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Venice 'Bacari' Evening Tour: Wine, Culture, and Snacks

Put a local twist on an evening out in Venice, and discover the city’s famous bacari with a local guide. The traditional Venetian taverns offer wine by the glass, often with a selection of small, yet delicious, bar snacks known as cicchetti. Stroll from Rialto Bridge past the busting marketplace and visit three of the authentic Venice drinking holes, while learning about each one from your guide. One ombra (small glass of wine) and cicchetti is included in each bar.
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Venice Like a Local: Private Walking Tour

Find the authenticity of Venice on this 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide. Learn about the areas only locals know about – narrow alleys, charming canals and hidden churches. Explore beyond the usual sights of Venice to experience the city like a local.
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St. Mark’s Basilica Guided Tour with Optional Gondola Ride

St. Mark’s Basilica, with its walls covered in golden mosaics, is one of Venice’s most popular historical landmarks—and it often has the crowds to show for it. On this exclusive tour, you'll skip the lines for quicker access to the Byzantine splendors inside, and enjoy a scenic, guided stroll through St. Mark's Square. Upgrade to include a gondola ride along the Grand Canal.
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
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Seductive Venice Private Walking Tour: The City of Vice and Seduction

Discover the seedy and sensuous side of Venice, a city known in its heyday as a haven for Europe’s most decadent and vice-fueled adventures. Stroll through the city’s former red-light district and hear tales of scandalous royal affairs and famous former residents, from Casanova to legendary courtesans. Get a taste of the libertine lifestyle at one of the city’s most notorious taverns, learn about hedonistic Carnival traditions at a mask shop and enjoy entertaining anecdotes from your private guide throughout the 2-hour tour.
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Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Saint Mark's Basilica

Explore the narrow streets and top sights of Venice with this 2-hour small-group walking tour including St Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the spectacular mosaics inside St Mark's. Learn about the history of the Rialto Bridge. Wander through the meandering alleys of the canal city with your knowledgeable guide leading the way.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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