Since the 18th century, as evidenced by Canaletto in one of his paintings, the Ruga Giuffa bridge was equipped with shoulders, not in iron as now but in stone. Admiring the bridge from Campo Santa Maria Formosa you can see that it is flanked by three other bridges, some of which are private, spaced a few meters from each other and which cross the entire Rio di Santa Maria Formosa. It was built using mainly bricks, plaster and Istrian stone, the last time it was renovated in 1994. The distance between the two banks is about 6 meters which corresponds to just over 20 steps. The two ramps are in trachyte while the railing is in metal.

As for the etymology of the name, the most accredited version of the origins of the word Ruga is linked to the homonymous term coming from the Latin with the meaning of a sign on the skin, furrow while some nineteenth-century scholars such as Tassini, Boerio and Molmenti have linked it to French word rue, street. The fact remains that the wrinkles in Venice were born to be real streets, more linear and rigorous than the calli, generally characterized by the main facades of the houses facing the walkway.

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