Venice – A City Unlike Any Other – Day 2 – Part 6 – Ponte de la Tana and More!

The Ponte de la Tana takes its name from the fact that the bridge once led to the Tana, which was a hemp-making center.  All of the rope needed for the construction of the ships, made at the Arsenal, came from this area.  Today, it is a largely residential zone.

A plaque marks the house where Domenico Moro, the Italian patriot and freedom fighter, was born.

A plaque on the facade of a building, on Via Garibaldi, recalls the visit of the Queen of Italy and her son, the future King Vittorio Emanuele III, in July of 1882.

The Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola dates from 1588.  The clock on the facade is deceptive, in the fact that it is not a working clock, but was simply painted onto the front of the church, eternally displaying the hour of 9:30.

The monastery of the church was torn down in 1885.  Today, an elementary school stands in its place.

Towards the end of Via Garibaldi, where it meets with Viale Garibaldi, at the entrance of the Biennale Gardens, you will find the the Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi.

At the back of the monument, there stands a statue of another man, a partisan whose name was Joseph Zolli.  This statue has an interesting history, as it turns out that it was added to the monument in 1921, to stop Zolli’s ghost from disturbing the inhabitants of the area, whenever they walked past the monument.  It seems to have done the trick, as now the ghost no longer appears to people, nor does it smack them in the arm, like it used to do before the statue was added.


Next up: More from the wonderful neighborhood of Castello, in Venice!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Venice, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!


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