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Ponte dei Pugni

near Campo San Barnaba, Venice, Italy
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Historic Fighting Bridge

As with many of the bridges in Venice each has its own little bit of unique history unfortunately... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
A bridge

Almost all the bridges in Venice are special. But nothing spectacular. You just walk by and enjoy... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Joyce P
via mobile
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  • Average29%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“footprints” (8 reviews)
“clans” (2 reviews)
“margherita” (2 reviews)
near Campo San Barnaba, Venice, Italy
Dorsoduro / Accademia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As with many of the bridges in Venice each has its own little bit of unique history unfortunately sometimes overlooked by it's larger counterparts such as the Rialto. Rival clans in Venice would meet in the middle of this bridge and fight with their fists,...More

Thank chriswood72
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Almost all the bridges in Venice are special. But nothing spectacular. You just walk by and enjoy the views of Vience.

Thank Joyce P
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Venice is all about walking... get out and enjoy the sounds, smells, sights and appeal of this city of antiquities. It will be well worth it and is even fun to get lost in the small tight corridors

Thank Jason K
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Ponte dei Pugni is another bridge, but with a difference. It's only a short distance from the church of Saint Barnabas and it is under it that several boats do a roaring trade selling fruit and vegetables.

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The Ponte dei Pugni (often translated as ‘Bridge of Fists’, but actually meaning ‘Fighting Bridge) owes its name to an ancient tradition known as Venetian bridge wars. The mock battles, or battagliole, arose from rivalries between different factions of Venice. They were fought without any...More

Thank LairdandLady4
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

An interesting history and you may almost miss this bridge as you walk past. There are four single footprints on each corner of the bridge to show the starting points for the fights which took place here. A sign saying Ponte dei Pugni hangs to...More

Thank PMM22
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Good place to walk around... Small bridge with beautiful view... Good in the evening... Good for taking pictures.

Thank TraveKings
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Here's the funny history behind the "Bridge of the Fists": Back in the Repubblica Serenissima days, Venetian clans would engage in massive brawl. One clan would stand on one side of the bridge, and another on the opposite. Fighters will be go all-out with their...More

Thank Jay Y
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Not sure I would go out of my way to see this bridge, but it's one of those that you keep falling over as you wander round Venice - often feeling as though you are going round in circles! Mind you, there are always signs...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Pretty and nice to look at I think after a while they all blur into one not worth going out your way for

Thank sez101
Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighbourhood with
street artists, students, painters, sculptors,
restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and
heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's
collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for
evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries
cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica
buttresses the neighbourhood to the east. Gondolas bob
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