Ponte della Paglia, Venice

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Ponte della Paglia is a bridge in Venice, Italy. The current structure dates from 1847, and the original structure was built in 1360. The original structure was the oldest stone bridge in Venice. The name of the bridge is understood to come from boats mooring nearby to offload straw (paglia). The bridge is a common place from which to view the Bridge of Sighs.
The bridge is the subject of a painting by Maurice Prendergast, the original artwork being part of the Phillips Collection. Casanova references the bridge in his memoirs as a place where he meets a woman whose life he had saved before.
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  • The name of the bridge is understood to come from boats mooring nearby to offload straw ( paglia) in the old days. This bridge is a strategic place to view the bridge of sighs. Many tourists can be...  more »
  • If you want to see the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), take the tour of the Doge's palace and see it how it was meant to be seen, from the inside looking out. TOo many people hang out on this...  more »
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  • Like almost everything else in venice, this is an impressive piece of Italian engineering. It's quite unusual to see an enclosed bridge in an ancient stone building. There isn't really much to see here, so this is best visiting on your way to somewhere else in Venice. There is also some interesting history behind the bridge, so it's worth doing a bit of research beforehand.
  • Very close to the St. Marks square. This bridge is usually crowded with people posing for photographers. This bridge is the viewpoint to have a glimpse of the 'Bridge of Sighs' connecting the prison to the Doge's palace.

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