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.
In popular cultureEdit
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.
- A Week in Venice: A Complete Guide-book to the City and Its Environs (4 ed.). Venice: Colombo Coen And Son. 1880. p. 22.
- Ball, Caroline (2010). Venice and the Veneto. DK Eyewitness Travel. London: Dorling Kindersley LTD. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-75666-132-8.
- Phillips Collection, Ponte della Paglia, Maurice Prendergast, ca. 1898/reworked 1922, Oil on canvas, Acquired 1922. Accessed on July 25, 2015.
- Littlewood, Ian (1995). A Literary Companion To Venice: Including Seven Walking Tours. Macmillan. pp. 133–135. ISBN 9780312131135.
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