Ponte delle Tette

Jun 30, 2020 349

PONTE DELLE TETTE (BRIDGE OF the Tits) is one of the hundreds of small bridges that cross the waterways of Venice, but this particular span is unique for its connection with sex work. At the time of the Republic of Venice, sex work was very common, with more than 10,000 women supposedly engaged in the trade in the city.

In an effort to contain this practice, authorities restricted it to the neighborhood of Carampane di Rialto in 1412, turning the area into a red-light district. A curfew was imposed on the sex workers there, who could not work on holy days and could only leave the area on Saturdays, and even then wearing a yellow scarf for identification. Also, taxes  levied on the profession were imposed in 1514.

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SOURCE: https://www.atlasobscura.com

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