Ponte dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists)

Neither large nor ostentatious ... Its fame is the result of an enormous historical burden. Discover it!

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Ponte dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists)

Bridge of fists.

This small bridge located in Campo San Barnaba is one of the many curiosities that the city hides. It is small and simple, so much so that it would go unnoticed if it were not for how it was used in the past. Its name, translated as Bridge of Fists, was born to be the main stage for fights between the Castellani and Nicolotti gangs. Although such confrontations were banned in the early 18th century due to their extreme violence, you can still see the markings indicating where the opponents should be placed when you cross it. By all accounts, the losers were thrown into the canal and the railings you see today are quite recent. A curiosity: on a walk through the city, crossing this anecdotal bridge to reach the Church of San Barnaba, you will surely be familiar with one of the scenes from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which was filmed here. After crossing, both the church and the square are nice places to stop for a drink or a rest. From here, we can continue our walk towards the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Ca’ Rezzonico and the Dorsoduro district.

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