Venice Italy Grand Canal
Looking up the Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge
Venice Italy Grand Canal
Looking down the Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge

From the area around the Frari Church and Scuola San Rocco I led my parents on a long walk down to the Accademia Bridge. All the twists and turns on the path and the canal crossings made it a much longer walk than it would have been in most other cities, and in retrospect maybe we just should have gotten on the water bus and rode it a few stops down the Grand Canal. On the plus side we saw a lot of Venice on foot. Even though it was only a bit after 4:00pm the sun was already starting to go down and the lights were coming on as we neared the bridge. Like Rialto Bridge, the Accademia Bridge has had more than one iteration over the years. The original version was made of steel and finished in 1854 but was demolished and replaced by the current wooden version in 1933. We got some photos from up on the bridge but rather than crossing it and heading back to Piazza San Marco we continued along in the direction of the Salute Church, which is near the tip of the southern end of the Grand Canal.

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