The oldest bridge across the Grand Canal in Venice and according to many also the most famous one in Venice. The Rialto Bridge is one of four bridges that span across the Grand Canal and is considered to be the dividing line between the districts of San Marco and San Polo. Construction began in 1588 and it was finally finished in the year of 1591. Built by many different materials throughout the years, but finally finished with the white marble that it is known for now. The engineering of the bridge was considered so audacious that architect Vincenzo Scamozzi predicted future ruin. At the moment of construction, many people thought it would not withstand the test of time, but the Rialto Bridge is one of the main tourist attractions in Venice at this point. Nowadays, the two inclined ramps on the stone bridge lead up to a central portal. On both sides of this portal, the covered ramps are the home of several shops. Many of the shops are jewelers and souvenir shops. All around the bridge are many restaurants and shops, which make it a pleasant stay for both tourists and locals alike. In combination with the Venetian sun, a stay in this area will make sure that it will leave a lasting impression.