Today’s Dorsoduro moment is about a little bridge that crosses the Rio San Barnaba called, “Ponte dei Pugni”. Translated it means “Bridge of Fists”. On one side of the bridge you see the colourful veggie-fruit stand on boat. The views over both sides of the bridge are beautiful. But, this now tranquil spot was at one time a meeting point for two rival groups of Venice who would duke it out with their bare (and sometimes not so bare) fists. There is an off-white foot print in each corner of the bridge. This was the foot placement for each contender at the start of the fight. There were no railings at the time so the groups of men would either end up landing on top of each other in a bloody mess or into the canal. From what I had read the fights were violent and deadly and finally prohibited in 1705. There is a little bar located right at the bottom of the bridge (on the side of the canal that leads to Campo San Barnaba) you can sit and sip a cappuccino or Spritz while you enjoy the view and another moment of Venice past!