The steps that form the arch on either side of the Rialto bridge are lined with shops; something that seems guaranteed to make a bridge into a tourist attraction as according to Wikipedia there are only four such bridges in the world.  (I’ve visited the Pulteney Bridge in Bath, and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, but do you know where to find the fourth and largest of this select group?)

The commerce here serves a valuable purpose as apparently the city authorities decreed that the 16th century structure’s upkeep should be funded by the rental of the premises.  An indirect taxation on the tourists who cause most of the wear and tear these days!Venezia-32


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