Ponte della Paglia

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.[1] The name of the bridge is understood to come from boats mooring nearby to offload straw (paglia).[2] The bridge is a common place from which to view the Bridge of Sighs.

Ponte della Paglia

In popular cultureEdit

Ponte della Paglia by Maurice Prendergast

The bridge is the subject of a painting by Maurice Prendergast, the original artwork being part of the Phillips Collection.[3] Casanova references the bridge in his memoirs as a place where he meets a woman whose life he had saved before.[4]


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

Coordinates: 45°26′01″N 12°20′28″E / 45.4336°N 12.3410°E / 45.4336; 12.3410