Ponte dei Pugni

Ponte dei Pugni, Venice: Address, Phone Number, Ponte dei Pugni Reviews: 4/5

Ponte dei Pugni
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The area
Neighborhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood 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 neighborhood 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. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
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Angelo S
Hilliard, OH2,353 contributions
Many Pass Over, Few Understand
Sep 2019
As a place for settle disputes between neighborhoods or large families, the Pone dei Pugni was the scene of many fights before fighting on the bridge was banned. I am sure many tourists pass over it not understanding the history or wondering what the white footprints are for. Cool bit of history.
Written December 1, 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,520 contributions
BRIDGE OF FISTS
Apr 2019
This location was used in the 1600’s as a place for fist fights between differing clans. The loser would be thrown into the canal. Today there are painted footprints on the bridge where the combatants would stand prior to the fights. A floating fruit stand ties up adjacent to the bridge on the Rio San Barnaba.
Written August 14, 2019
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,391 contributions
Cute Bridge
Jun 2019 • Family
This is a cute bridge in Venice, and while it's certainly picturesque, there are so many bridges in Venice
Written July 5, 2019
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wherewego.cityhideout
Zagreb, Croatia1,540 contributions
One of many
Jun 2019 • Family
This is a small, charming bridge where it is possible to enjoy in smaller canals in Venice. It is one of the many small bridges in Venice
Written June 26, 2019
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svetlyo_sv
Varna, Bulgaria533 contributions
A bridge
Jun 2019 • Family
If you visit Venice for first time, maybe you wouldn't found how many history is hidden behind every corner. Most important is to escape from the daily routine all we have. Enjoy every beautiful sight (as well as from Ponte dei Pungi).
Written June 18, 2019
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Aimeé W
London, UK127 contributions
Bridge of fists
Jan 2019
Could almost miss the bridge amongst the shops and marker traders selling fruit and veg from their boats almost under the bridge but great little find and photo opportunity!
Written January 23, 2019
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD10,213 contributions
Bridge of Fists!
Apr 2018 • Couples
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 at the stone footprints which marked the starting posts for these fights. Once there were no fences, and the one that fell in the water was the loser!
Written May 16, 2018
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Raffiella11
Leicestershire, UK4,660 contributions
Look closely or you will miss the footprints
Feb 2018 • Couples
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 four corners.

The fights were very popular spectacles centuries ago, and drew huge crowds It would begin with champions placed on the four corners of the top of the bridge, with masses of fighters behind them, the marble footprints marking fighters’ starting points..
When the 1600s came to a close, the fights began to lose popularity, and aristocrats.

The battles were officially outlawed, for decades after the last battle, the fighters were celebrated in poetry, painting, and myth.
Written March 18, 2018
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chriswood72
Nottingham, UK1,314 contributions
Historic Fighting Bridge
Nov 2017 • Family
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, the tradition being the winner would throw his opponent into the canal.
Worth taking time to visit if you're in the area but if you are limited for time then spend time seeing the other major attractions instead.
As this was our second visit to Venice and had seen all the major sights it gave us more time to explore the less touristy areas of this great city.
Written November 15, 2017
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🎓🤓 Keep Life Simple 🤓🎓
Pittsburgh, PA33,445 contributions
A bridge
Oct 2017 • Couples
Almost all the bridges in Venice are special. But nothing spectacular. You just walk by and enjoy the views of Vience.
Written October 28, 2017
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