Venice celebrated the end of the restoration of the Rialto Bridge, in an act in which the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli sang from the top of this Renaissance monument in the Italian town.
With its emblematic arches, This white bridge allows you to cross the Grand Canal at its narrowest point and is one of the most famous and cinematic places in Venice.
Until the end of the 19th century, it was the only way to cross from one bank of the city to another, apart from the boat or the gondola.
The complete restoration of the bridge, which cost 5 million euros, lasted between 2015 and 2019, but the inauguration ceremony had been postponed twice in recent years due to the pandemic.
“This bridge is the bridge of Venice”Luza Zaia, president of the Veneto region, whose capital is Venice, said during the ceremony. “It is a fragment of history, an open-air museum,” he added.
Bocelli sang “Nessun Dorma”, the famous aria by Puccini, in one of the most emotional moments of a short ceremony.
The bridge, which has three pedestrian crossings and a 6.5-meter-high arch, is the oldest in Venice and connects the San Marco district with the Rialto district.
Considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, it stands out for the two rows of shops on both sides of the bridge.
With the restoration, the 5 thousand meters of surface of the infrastructure were renewed, which had been degraded over the centuries and the accumulation of the effects of wind, water and pollution.
Venice, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, receives millions of tourists every year.
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