Bridge Seventy-Five - Ponte de Ca'Bernardo

A short while further we crossed the Rio San Polo via the Ponte de Ca' Bernardo. It's named after a very old Venetian family - we’re talking vintage Roman-era stock here - who lived in a large house adjoining the canal.

Ponte de Ca'Bernardo
A hug on a bridge.

A small plaque on a wall near the bridge pointing out that the Venetian-born thirties-era film director Francesco Pasinetti lived nearby, reminding me how popular Venice has been as a backdrop in films. Venice has featured in numerous movies and multiple genres from James Bond thrillers to love stories, a horror movie or two and even a few slapstick comedies. Bridges have often featured prominently as well in more than one or two movies. In the highly regarded 1973 ghost story Don't Look Now characters skulk and dash across bridges in a gloomy, gothic Venice that makes it impossible to believe that they weren't a deliberate motif used by director Nicolas Roeg.

This bridge was also one of very few that contained an indication of which islet it was part of. 'Islet' here refers to one of the many little patches of dry land separated by the canals and connected by the bridges, that collectively becamethe city of Venice in ancient times. I'm referring to a small, blue sign on the side of the bridge told us the Ponte de Ca' Bernardo is in the sestiere of San Polo on the islet of San Boldo.

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