Ponte dell'Accademia Tours

Spanning the southern end of the Grand Canal between the Galleria dell’Accademia in Dorsoduro and Campo San Vidal in San Marco, the Ponte dell’Accademia is one of only four bridges crossing the canal. It’s the perfect vantage point to view the church of Santa Maria della Salute and the canal or observe the city’s Carnival festivities.  

The Basics
The Accademia Bridge has had several incarnations since the original steel structure was constructed in 1854. This was replaced by a wooden bridge designed by Eugenio Miozzi in 1933, later deemed unsafe and removed. Today’s version, erected in 1985, was crafted out of wood in a single arched span and is identical in construction to Miozzi’s but has additional steel supports. 

The bridge is a highlight of skip-the-line walking tours that cover the Accademia Gallery and Dorsoduro district. For a unique view of the bridge, consider a Venice gondola ride or cruise by luxury motorboat along the Grand Canal.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The craze for lovers placing locks on bridges in European cities has taken hold on the Ponte dell’Accademia, but Venetian authorities fear for the structure and have imposed fines for attaching “love locks.”
  • Though a pedestrian bridge, Ponte dell’Accademia has stairs on each side, so is not accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • The span offers sweeping views over the Grand Canal, so be sure to stop and snap a few pictures when crossing.

How to Get to There
The Ponte dell’Accademia crosses the Grand Canal between the San Marco and Dorsoduro districts. To get there, take vaporetto water bus line 1 or 2 to the Accademia stop. 

When to Get There
Venice is crowded with tourists during the popular summer months, and it can be frustrating to navigate the crowds on the bridge. Between April and October, the best option is to take an early morning or late evening stroll over the bridge, or opt for a private gondola ride or boat tour along the Grand Canal. During the two weeks of Carnival, which ends 40 days before Easter, the bridge offers excellent views of costumed revelers in colorfully draped gondolas.

The Grand Canal Bridges
The Accademia Bridge is one of four bridges that span the Grand Canal. The other three are the iconic Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto), the modern Constitution Bridge (Ponte della Costituzione), and the marble Bridge of the Barefoot (Ponte degli Scalzi).
Location
Address: Dorsoduro, Venice, Veneto 30123, Italy
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Venice: Private Gondola Tour - 30 minutes

A private gondola tour on the Grand Canal is a quintessential experience for your small group in Venice. Only your group of up to six people will board a gondola to glide through the major waterway, as well as some smaller passages, with a gondolier. Enjoy a flute of prosecco or Champagne as you pass by Italian architecture and under romantic bridges. Departure times take place throughout the day to best suit your vacation schedule.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Skip-the-Line Tour of Accademia Gallery and Dorsoduro District

Venture away from the crowds to discover hidden corners of Venice and some of the city’s finest art on this 2-hour guided tour of the Accademia Gallery plus the Santa Croce and Dorsoduro districts. Admire masterworks by Venetian painters like Veronese and Titian at the museum, and then stroll through the surrounding neighborhoods with a guide to discover inspiring canal views and one of Venice’s last surviving gondola shipyards.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

Enjoy a private ride through Venice’s iconic canals aboard a traditional gondola! On this classic Venetian experience, soak up famous sights like the Rialto Bridge and the ornate Ca’ d’Oro palace while your expert gondolier navigates the beautiful handmade boat through the Grand Canal and other watery ways. A friendly local guide will accompany you on the 1-hour ride to share interesting facts about Venetian history and architecture along the way.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Small Group Venice Grand Canal Panoramic Tour

It is a truth universally acknowledged that visiting Venice and not taking a boat ride down the Grand Canal is a travelling sin. Experience the Floating City in all of its glory on a 1-hour motorboat tour in a group limited to 12. Ideal for first-time visitors, you’ll pass beautiful palazzo and sail beneath famous bridges such as the Accademia Bridge and the Rialto Bridge.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

See the sights of the surreal canal city in style with a luxury motorboat tour of the Grand Canal. Marvel at the unforgettable beauty of the famous canal as you ride past sights like the Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge with a professional driver guiding the way. Arrive at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore to climb up into the bell tower for exceptional views over the city. Small-group tour size limited to four people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Dorsoduro District Private Walking Tour

Venice is famous for its canal ways, but most visitors don’t stray far from the central landmarks. This private 3-hour walking tour explores the picturesque Dorsoduro district, taking in highlights such as the Giudecca Canal, Campo Santo Stefano, and Galleria dell’Accademia.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Guilds and Trades

History of a myth genesis, the Lion’s Republic, through its typical professions and handicraft of present and past.  
  • Duration: 3 hours
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