Ponte delle Tette, Venice

Ponte delle Tette, Venice

Ponte delle Tette is a small bridge in the heart of Venice's former Red Light district of San Cassiano. It takes its name ("Bridge of the Tits") from use by prostitutes who once paraded topless here in an attempt to attract clients and convert suspected homosexuals. The procedure was encouraged by Venetian officers in order to repress what they considered a new social problem.

Going the extra mile in its role of diverting men from "sin against nature", the Republic of Venice allowed prostitutes to use lanterns to illuminate their breasts at night, while also occasionally paying them to stand in a line across the bridge with breasts exposed (such display had the extra motivation of excluding transvestite prostitutes).

The Red Light district in Venice was legalized at the beginning of the 16th century. Casanova was said to be a frequent visitor, hunting his next victim.
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Sight Name: Ponte delle Tette
Sight Location: Venice, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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