That recall the Venetian bridges?
Bridge fists with bloody battles, the ringleader of waifs, which meets the mayor respectfully, prisoners and the prison escape of Casanova - amazing stories had known in Venice.
Everyone remembers the Montagues and the Capulets, whose enmity killed Romeo and Juliet. But few people know about Nicoletti and Kostellani - not family, but the whole warring parties poorer citizens of Venice, a group from the north-western part of town, visiting first the Church of St. Nicholas strollers (yes, that is the name of the church of San Nicolo dei -Medikoli), the second gets its name from the same church initially visited San Ptro de Castello - a former cathedral.
Accordingly, the last (kostellani) perceived themselves as citizens of the noble, but the first (nikolletti) were black, but very powerful - the mob, which were considered.
Had to meet in a church - San Trovazo. Church of the oldest, the first building dates from the 1028 year. Such a saint, by the way, not just in the Venetian dialect sounded as the names of two other saints - Gervasio and Protazio. In the church, two front and two entrances. How else - without a fight could get no good. Moreover, competitors could come for the wedding between their representatives the same, but went in and out of different doors.
Clarification of relationships had to endure for the next bridge - Ponte Pugni (bridge fists). Actually, the bridge and was named after the fisticuffs diligent church congregation. (It was followed by an expression - la Guerra de Pougny - Buckler War). On the bridge, had a special stone pointers to start a fight. Ended in the same battle, of course, in the channel ...
Incidentally, this church contains several masterpieces of the famous Tintoretto.
Nicoletti controlled suburbs of the city (do not know if the word "kryshevali" and, perhaps, another Venetian slang word was). So they do not bespredelnichali in the center, tried to negotiate with them. And they were all "like men." When Venice ruled the doji (Doge - the highest elective office in the city), that have also chosen Nicoletti his doge. Doge ragged.
Every year the Doge of ragged, surrounded by his retinue, went to the Palace of the Doges, where he was greeted by the Doge of Venice and the Senate. And coexisted.
The Rialto Bridge was the center of all trade. He was originally a wooden: 12000 wooden beams supporting the bridge for more than 400 years. After he collapsed under the weight of the crowd, staring at the regatta, it was replaced with a stone. By the way, received a contract for the construction of Antonio da Ponte (and name something in his translation - "Bridge"), winning him a Michelangelo!
And a century ago on the bridge hung signs prohibiting spitting in swimmers. Why in the need to spit - hard to say, but it is known that among them could be found of Lord Byron - a big fan of swimming. Now strange to imagine that the Grand Canal could careless splash of gondolas ...
Bridge of Sighs, too, owes its name to Lord Byron. He combined the old prison with a very scary rooms Inquisition (torture and interrogation) at the Palace of the Doges. It was built nephew da Ponte in 1600. But it escaped from the prison Casanova. Somehow managed over this bridge and continue to "fence", bypassing the palace.
Byron thought sighing captives permeate this place. Convicted last seen before the conclusion of Venice and, of course, sighing. If only sighing.
A nearby - Straw bridge (in one version, the barge was brought straw for prison purposes.)
But the modern legend to fun. Enough love to kiss in a gondola under the bridge - and they offer themselves eternal love ...