The Rialto Bridge is undoubtedly the most famous bridge in Venice and has joined other monuments in Italy for needing restoration work. A few months ago the Venice city council approved a study as to whether it would be feasible to restore this famous bridge over the Grand Canal.
Public Works Assessor Alessandro Maggioni estimates the cost to be between five and seven million euros and that the project would take 18 months with a completion date planned for the spring of 2015. Last year one of the steps was dislodged and caused a section of the bridge to be closed temporarily.
A competition will be held, beginning at the end of September and lasting 60 days, to find a corporate sponsor willing to pay for the restoration of the bridge. In exchange, the sponsor would gain the right to advertise on the bridge and the possibility to organize events in the famous St Mark’s Square. Clothing manufacturer Renzo Rosso of the well-known brand Diesel is already very interested.
I hope the restoration project includes removal of the graffiti from the Rialto, the oldest bridge crossing Venice’s Grand Canal.