The Rialto Bridge offers some of the most iconic views of the Grand Canal and it's an important reference point for navigating around Venice. We were surprised, though, by how many enchanting little shops are perched right on the bridge. There are three pathways across the bridge, one on each side with the bridge railing on one side and shops on the other, then a third path right down the middle with shops on both sides. We spent a lot more time exploring here than we thought we would. It can be crowded but that that's to be expected at such an iconic landmark. People were friendly and cooperative as each posed for the same panoramic photo, one after the other. Plan to spend a little bit of time here; don't just walk over when you're rushing somewhere else.
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