One of the best parts of Venice was wandering through all of the side streets and across the canals. And, where there are canals, you can find bridges. According to our guidebook, there are over 400 bridges and 150 canals in in the city. I guess that's the reason behind why Venice is also called the "City of Bridges."
Here are a few shots of the canals and bridges to enjoy.
The Rialto Bridge is the main pedestrian crossing over the Grand Canal. Rows of shops line each side of this magnificent bridge.
And here is a view of the famous Bridge of Sighs. The bridge was under restoration and covered with billboard advertising when we visited. Apparently, it was a bridge that prisoners would walk over just before they would be executed during Venice's heyday. As they crossed over the bridge, they would take one last look from the bridge at the view of beautiful Venice and sigh heavily as they proceed to their executions. A local legend says that lovers will get a real taste of eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge Of Sighs.
We didn't kiss under the bridge but every beautiful day in Italy ends with a great taste of gelato. :)