Ponte del Gaffaro, Venice

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  • It is located on the Rio of the same name, joins the Sestieri of Dorsoduro and Holy Cross; at its center, on the keystone, are placed three coats of arms of Provveditors of Commons, while, on the opposite arc, the date MDCCCLIX (1859), the date of its first restoration. It is believed to rise to the 1600s and takes its name from the area where it arose, known as the island of Gaffaro which in turn took its name from the noble and important Gaffaro family from Hercules; and it is precisely to one of his exponents that the construction of the Procuratie Vecchie: Domenico Gaffaro, Bishop of Heaclea, it was he who sold to the Prosecutors the houses overlooking St. Mark's Square, in place of which the Procuratie arose; not because of this he became famous, but for the tragic robbery he suffered, which led to his death: Domenico Gaffaro, Bishop of Heclea, killed by his servant who wanted to rob him... and for the terrible punishment they inflicted on the thief and his accomplices: the thief had his hand amputated, his flesh was torn with burning pincers, dragged on horseback to St. Mark's Square, where he was hanged... then torn to pieces and his pieces exhibited in the four cardinal points of the city; the accomplice was cut and his nose was severed.
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  • Our guide took us over the Ponte del Gaffaro during our walking tour because the bridge is a great Photo stop, as well as being our intended pathway into the Dorsodura quarter. Very picturesque. Enjoy...  more »
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