Ponte dei Pugni

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Handicapped Accessible?
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Crooked Bridge?

Overview of Bridge

The Ponte dei Pugni was built primarily using Mattoni, Intonaco e Pietra d'Istria. It crosses the Rio de S. Barnaba bridging a gap which is 10.02 meters. The bridge is not a crooked bridge. On the northern side of the bridge is the sestiere of Dorsoduro and on the southern side is also Dorsoduro .There are 2 ramps. On the north side there are 9 steps, on the south side there are 9 steps. This results in a total of 18 steps. The height of a typical step is 11 meters, the thickness of a step is about 48 centimeters, and the width of a step is about 2.85 meters.The steps are paved with Asfalto. The bridge is not handicapped accessible and it does not have an additional railing. The summit is 2.85 meters wide and 3.3 meters in length for a total area of about 9.41 meters. The summit is paved with Asfalto. Also, this bridge has 1 arch. The bridge's Vuoto Geometrico railing is made of Metallo e Pietra d'Istria and is about 2.00 meters wide is about 0.85 meters tall. Finally, the bridge protrudes 0.25 meters to the North and 0.25 meters to the South.


The following is any history we have regarding the bridge's origins:

�to S. Barnabas. E 'known that Venice was once divided into two factions, a vestige of which NoteIt still in regattas. The one was called the Castellani and the other of Nicolotti. The first was made by the inhabitants of the eastern parts of the city, at the end of which lies Castle, the second by the inhabitants of the western parts, which are conterminate from S. Nicol� dei Mendicoli. The Castellani led to the distinctive red cap and scarf, the Nicolotti, however, the cap and scarf blacks. Nothing is known about the precise origin of these factions. Who does derive from those of civil wars between Eraclea and Jesolo those, after which the one and the other came to settle in these islands. About the killing of a bishop of Castello, which took place at the hands of Nicolotti. The government fed the rivalry of the two parties to have courageous men and trained to fights, and perhaps to keep divided the subjects so that, if a portion had ever raised, the other was ready to suppress the rebellion. Where the Castellani and Nicolotti trying to outdo each other better, it was in the so-called battle of fists, which sottentr� the war of the canes, or sticks. This fight was allowed from September to Christmas, and facevasi mostly over the bridges, among which were the preference to S. Barnabas, of which we speak now, and that therefore he was called \Ponte dei Pugni,\ and S. Fosca. The two bridges are on the corners of the square The footsteps where the wrestlers had to place their feet, and one of them still been preserved \without bands,\ custom adopted with the pitiful end of the fighters, falling easily into the water, they were soon forced to separate, and desist dall'ire. The battle of fists continued until 1705, at which time it was strictly prohibited. Imperciocch� the 30th September of that year the \Ponte dei Pugni in S. Barnabas \was the scene of bloody struggle, which began hill battle, and ended up with stones and knives. There were so intent commoners who, having developed a fierce fire in the monastery of S. Jerome, spiccarsi no one wanted to pay it off, and it was behooves a priest of St. Barnabas comes out with a crucifix in his hand to separate the combatants. In the last days of the Republic and the Castellani Nicolotti were forced to confine themselves to tenders and exertions less cruel, such as \Strength of Hercules' and 'Race'.


The bridge is located at the following coordinates:

Latitude: 45.433162° N

Longitude: 12.3243552° E

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