Connection element between Fondamenta San Simeon Piccolo and Fondamenta della Croce, as well as an obligatory route to get to Lista di Spagna — Strada Nova before laying the Constitution Bridge.
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Also known under the name of Ponte della Zirada, in Italian turning, as during the regattas in this precise point of the Grand Canal the paleto - small pole - is planted around which the boats reverse the direction of travel to move towards the finish line.
Also from this point, the path of the barge of the condemned to death began.
Before the laying of the Constitution bridge - better known as the Calatrava bridge - this was one of the obligatory passages to reach the Scalzi bridge and then the Lista di Spagna - Strada Nova - Mercerie route, starting from Piazzale Roma.
Its Istrian stone structure, with normal arch and iron parapets, blends well with the architecture present in the area, in particular the residences, today many of which have become accommodation facilities, along the Fondamenta di San Simeon Piccolo which it also houses Palazzo Diedo also known as Emo as it was the house where the well-known admiral Angelo Emo was born.
On the opposite side of the bridge, at its foot, the Fondamenta della Croce and Fondamento del Monastero meet, the two sections that once gathered the church and monastery of the Cross while today limit the Papadopoli public gardens. The religious complex designed by Antonio da Ponte, from which the entire Santa Croce district also took its name, first hosted the Franciscans and then the Poor Clares before being destroyed in 1810. Of the limited architectural elements that survived the demolition, the column deserves a mention. of granite with a capital, in Byzantine style, dating back to the 11th century, which with all its magnificence stands out from the remaining red stone wall in which it is set.