Bridge Fifty-Four - Ponte dei Pugni

For anybody who've spend more than a day or two in Venice or read up about the city's features and history will know about the legendary Ponte dei Pugni, or bridge of fists. Once upon a time fist-fights between two neighbourhoods separated by the bridge took place on the bridge, but right now it couldn't be more innocent-looking.

As if to prove this point and signal a change in character, a colourful and well-known fruit and vegetable boat regularly anchors next to the bridge on the Rio San Barnaba, from where it plies its trade. It has become the Ponte dei Pugni's new symbol.

Ponte dei Pugni

Today the Venice folk, while still being fiery and opinionated, hardly seem like the type who'd cross a single bridge to go and punch their fellow citizen in the face.

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