Ponte dell'Accademia

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Coordinates: 45°25′54″N 12°19′44″E / 45.431644°N 12.328972°E / 45.431644; 12.328972

Ponte dell'Accademia
Ponte dell'Accademia with the Accademia vaporetto station visible in the background
Love padlock talismans at Ponte dell'Accademia

The Ponte dell'Accademia is one of only four bridges to span the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It crosses near the southern end of the canal, and is named for the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, which from 1807 to 2004 was housed in the Scuola della Carità together with the Gallerie dell'Accademia, which is still there. The bridge links the sestiere of Dorsoduro and San Marco.[1]

First suggested as early as 1488; the provveditore Luca Trum proposed in the Council to build two bridges across the Grand Canal, one here and the other at Santa Sofia. The members of the Council, however, laughed at him, and the motion was not even put to the vote. The original steel structure, designed by Alfred Neville, opened on 20th November, 1854,[2] but was demolished and replaced by a wooden bridge designed by Eugenio Miozzi and opened in 1933,[3] despite widespread hopes for a stone bridge.[citation needed] The second bridge, in a dangerous condition, was razed and replaced by the present bridge, of identical construction, in 1985. As of 2011, a replacement bridge is under discussion.[4]

Lovers attach padlocks ("love locks") to the metal hand rails of the bridge, but the Venice authorities have attempted to crack down on this.[5]


  1. ^ "Ponte dell'Accademia". Venice Sights. Lonely Planet. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ Venice on Foot: With the Itinerary of the Grand Canal, by Hugh Douglas, 1907, page 60.
  3. ^ "Ponte dell'Accademia". en.Broer.no. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Disson, Sian (15 August 2011). "Venice split in two by Ponte dell'Accademia revamp plans". Ponte dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy. World Architecture News. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Squires, Nick (24 August 2011). "Venice cracks down on 'love locks'". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved August 25, 2011. 

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