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The curious name of this bridge is linked to the presence, at its base, of four slender obelisks which rise upwards.

The location is certainly interesting: it was built in the elbow of Rio di Cannaregio, in the curve that leads the canal to merge with the sublime Grand Canal, like a passionate embrace between two lovers.

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Characterized by the presence of four pinnacles made in 1823 and placed at the base of the stone handrails; this architectural introduction - spiers in fact - helped to rename the bridge that was originally called Ponte di Cannaregio from the canal that crosses it (the second largest stream after the Grand Canal).

In addition to this typical element, two shields connected to the Doge Nicolò Da Ponte and numerous faces and masks adorning the external arch of the vault are sculpted on the bridge.

For those coming on foot from Piazzale Roma or from the Santa Lucia railway station (Lista di Spagna), the bridge is located shortly after Campo San Geremia and from there, continuing straight on, proceed on Strada Nova; if you walk left from the bridge, you enter the area of ​​the old Ghetto of Venice.

In the fifteenth century it was made of wood with a levator bridge and was built in stone only in 1580 by Marchesin Marchesini. It was restored several times and only recently, in 1987, was a path for the disabled with a metal railing and stone steps built.

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Il ponte visto da davanti con in primo piano le guglie.
Ponte intero con in primo piano delle gondole.
Ponte delle Guglie visto da rio di Cannaregio.

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