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50 steps up and 50 steps down. The Accademia Bridge is the latest catwalk of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal towards the st. Mark Square.
It is not the most famous bridge in Venice, but the Ponte dell'Accademia (how the bridge is pronounced in Italian) has a beautiful architecture and I think it's a nice location to take pictures. Enjoy the views of the Grand Canal and the quays with the magnificent palazzos.
And the bridge is popular to hang romantic locks or key holders, but this is illegal. For the romantic and the tourists in love; DON'T DO IT! And you will probably find some illegal street sellers with fake handbags, romantic locks and other fake goods. Please don't buy from them, otherwise you are guilty for reselling these goods.
I think this bridge has a better view than the other bridges which are crossing the Grand Canal. You can take your time on the bridge and look at the view. Enjoy the gondolas and vaporetto which are passing by. Especially in the evening it is very quiet and peaceful.
Ponte dell'Accademia is the best connection between the districts of San Marco and Dorsoduro. The bridge is located between Campo San Vidal and Campo della Carita. It also has its own vaporetto stop "Accademia", so it is easy to reach.
From Piazza San Marco, follow the yellow arrows "Accademia". From the district of Dorsoduro you can also follow the yellow marks. Following these arrows you will see automatically the Accademia Bridge, the beautiful wooden arch!
The bridge is made of wood and has a passage of about 4.20 meters high. It is therefore a rather steep bridge and awkward to lift your luggage.
On the Dorsoduro side of the bridge is a toilet on the quay. You need money to pay. But, nearby there are plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can use restrooms. Nice tip: Beneath the bridge there is a small terrace. It's a nice tiny restaurant!
It is also the main bridge to walk towards the Gallerie dell'Accademia, the beautiful museum with a wealth of famous paintings. In addition, if you continue to walk you arrive automatically at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the Santa Maria della Salute church.
In Italian the bridge is called "Ponte dell'Accademia". It is built in 1933. It was only a temporary wooden bridge which replaced a cast iron bridge. But the span and the great arch was very popular among the Venetians and the wooden bridge therefore still persist.
The bridge was devised by Eugenio Miozzi who also designed the Lido Casino. In 1984, the wood was rotten and it was not safe to use the bridge. Again the Venetians chose a wooden bridge that had to be an exactly replica of the old version.
Occasionally, the academia arch needs maintenance. The elegant bridge is definitely one of my favorite sights of Venice
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