Walking along the sunny Fondamenta delle Zattere, towards the Madonna della Salute and Punta della Dogana, you come across this bridge, a few steps from Ponte de la Calcina (a place that brings to mind the other famous writer John Ruskin).
The Ponte degli Incurabili owes its name to the building that overlooks the Giudecca Canal, the former Hospital of the Incurables, now the main seat of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. The building dates back to the 16th century and was founded to help people suffering from diseases, such as syphilis, which were incurable at the time. It then became an orphanage, hosting abandoned children and orphans.
Just before reaching the bridge, a plaque, in Russian and Italian, reads:
Brodsky Iosif (1940-1996), great Russian poet, Nobel laureate, loved and sang this place
Such was his love for the lagoon city that Brodskij decided to stay in Venice, whose tomb is still today in the San Michele Cemetery.