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Ponte dei Pugni

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Address: near Campo San Barnaba, Venice, Italy
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Ponte dei Pugni, Bridge of fists

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
PMM22
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 the left of a small cafe in front of the bridge.

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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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733 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
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 fists on the bridge - Hence the name "Bridge of the Fists"! If you think... More 

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Thank Jay Y
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
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 for "Per S Marco" or "Per Rialto" so you never really get lost. I would... More 

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 499 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

There are,probabily,hundreds of bridges in Venice.This one is just one of them,tiny,with absolutely nothing special.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

You can read the history of this little bridge on previous reviews. The location of traditional neighbourhood fisticuffs! For me, it is the location of what my family refers to as "the fruit boat", as its name suggest! A charming boat selling fresh fruit and vegetables. We always stock up here with strawberries to nibble on our way back to... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

The bridge is nice and small. It is part of your route as you are heading towards academia and Saint Marco. Be sure to check the wood craft shop immediately after the bridge.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016

Attractive bridge in the lovely Dorsoduro district. Our boys were interested in the history behind the two pairs of footprints on the top of the bridge. These mark the starting point for fights between rivals - they would wrestle each other until one fell into the water below (no balustrades in those days!).

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 2 March 2016

Ponte dei Pugni is located right next to Campo San Barnaba and it's a good crossing point over Rio San Barnaba, offering nice views of the quiet area around.

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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 in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbours exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
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