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The Ponte della Paglia is a bridge that crosses the Rio di Venezia Palace near the Ducal Palace by connecting the dock of the Piazzetta San Marco, Riva degli Schiavoni. It is one of the bridges that mark the transition between the District of San Marco and the Castle. The bridge is often crowded with tourists not only because it allows a good view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) and the entire basin of San Marco, but also because, in the summer evenings, it offers the most beautiful sunsets with the sun setting behind the Basilica della Salute (Basilica of Health). The name of "della Paglia" ("The Straw") is derived from the boats moored there, full of straw, as demonstrated by some laws and ordinances that prohibited the habit of the Republic.