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Ponte dei Pugni

near Campo San Barnaba, Venice, Italy
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near Campo San Barnaba, Venice, Italy
Dorsoduro / Accademia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This bridge links the Campo Santa Margherita to Campo San Barnaba. It is called the “Bridge of Fists” because for over 100 years vicious fistfights used to take place between the Castellani and the Nicolotti clans. When walking across Ponte dei Pugni, remember to look...More

Thank Maggi713
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

The famous Ponte dei Pugni bridge can be found near Campo San Barnaba, it crosses a very pretty canal, where also the famous venetian barge selling fruit/vegetables can be found. You will recognize the bridge by the white marble shoe imprint on each of the...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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