Snapshot Story: Bridges of Venice

In EUROPE, SNAPSHOT STORIES by Janice and George14 Comments

bridges of Venice

A favorite muse of poets and writers over the centuries, the “City of Canals” built on water is also known as the “City of Bridges.”

But who knew more than 400 bridges link Venice’s calle (streets), campi (squares) and canals?

Having gotten lost countless times wandering all over Venice, we’ve probably set foot upon many of them.

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Bridges of Venice – more than 400!

Perhaps the most poignant bridge is the Bridge of Sighs.

Named by Lord Byron, it links the Doge’s Palace with the prisons. As prisoners in days gone by crossed the bridge on their way to their cell or execution, they’d look out the small bridge windows at Venice for one last time – and let out a forlorn sigh.

Other bridges of Venice are less well-known. Last year, a photographer walked across and photographed 100 less-seen bridges in just over 14 hours.

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Lesser-known bridges – but still beautiful…

Traveling under the bridges?

Well, that’s famously done in a gondola.

bridges of Venice - gondoliers

Even gondoliers need to take a break, right?

And looking up from your gondolier in the water, your view of the city changes.

In the words of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow…

“… White phantom city, whose untrodden streets are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting shadows of the palaces and strips of sky.”

Venice city of bridges

Have you visited Venice? What bridges of Venice have you crossed?

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  1. Regarding your first picture on the page with the caption, A favorite muse of poets and writers over the centuries, the “City of Canals” built on water is also known as the “City of Bridges.”, I wonder if you remember where in Venice you found this bridge. I took a picture of this same bridge in October of 1992. Our pictures look amazingly similar! I have no idea where it was. We had one day in Venice and we were lost for most of it. Anyway, we loved the picture so much we had my mother paint an oil painting of this scene. I am now returning to Venice next week (my first trip back since 1992) and I am taking my mother for her 80th birthday (her first trip to Europe). I’d love to be able to find this bridge so she can see it in person. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated!

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      What a lovely birthday present for your mother! She’ll love Venice :-).
      We were lost for much of the time in Venice too. But I (Janice) have a suspicion this photo was taken near the American Hotel It looks out over a canal (and on one Venice visit, we stayed here). I hope I’m pointing you in the right direction… Do let us know after your trip if you find the bridge — and if it is near the American Hotel :-).
      Have an awesome trip!

  2. I haven’t visited Venice, but it’s beauty, food and threatened status puts in my top 10 cities to see in Europe … hope to see it in the next year or two!

  3. Such lovely pictures! I visited Venice when I was a kid and have such great memories. I can’t wait to go back and explore as an adult and take in all the beautiful history and architecture! I’ll be on a mission to see as many of these smaller bridges as well! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I LOVED Venice!! It’s truly like a maze, with all the tiny streets and canals. I was lost there for 3 hours once looking for my hotel lol. I passed many bridges on that afternoon, but I don’t know any of the names so I can’t point out a favorite. The Rialto is a sight to see, in spite of all the touristy shops and such there.

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      The Rialto Bridge is a sight to see because of all the touristy shops there! Especially the stalls selling “genuine” Italian leather bags made in China :-).

  5. Now you’ve got me thinking – wouldn’t it be awesome to spend a week and try to photograph every bridge?? LOL. These are great photos, love how you’ve brought out the colour. I’m not sure I could pick a favourite … probably the Accademia one.

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      If it took Durand 14 hours for 100 bridges, yes, it would probably take a week to photograph them all – what a marathon photo session that would be :-).

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      Yes, we thought the photographer Charl Durand’s idea of photographing some of the less-visited bridges was very interesting… Some have romantic names too, like the “Flower Bridge.”

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