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Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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An enclosed bridge over the Rio di Palazzo, Ponte dei Sospiri connects the new prison with the doge's Palace. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the view from the bridge was the last time condemned convicts saw Venice. Lord Byron wrote that the criminals would sigh at their last sight of the city. However, Lord Byron exercised a bit of literary license; the grating on the bridge openings would have made it difficult for the convicts to see anything. A more modern legend has it that lovers will be granted eternal bliss if they kiss on a gondola under the bridge at sunset while the bells of St. Mark's Cathedral toll. This served as a plotline for the film "A Little Romance." Use our Venice trip itinerary builder to visit Ponte dei Sospiri on your trip to Venice, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Sighs not of Romance, but of fear & relinquishment. Prisoners would be taken down this bridge, so they could have one last look at beautiful Venice before they were executed. 
  • We borrowed the bridge of sighs during our tour of the ducal palace and prisons across the small canal. It is an interesting experience.
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  • 5-minute walk from St. Mark's square. Outgoing inmates to prison old Venice views last who looked over the type of place. You can look at from a distance. Or you can get in from the bottom of the gondola.
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  • It's a pretty little bridge with an interesting story behind it. It's right next to St Mark's Square so you might as well go and see it considering you will definitely be visiting St Mark's Square if you are a tourist, and it's free to see the bridge from the outside. To see it from the inside and cross it you'll need to pay the entrance to Doge's Palace. You will generally view the bridge of sighs from a bridge that is parallel to it, and this bridge will be crowded because everyone will be trying to take a picture with it in the background. Instead of doing this, you might want to get off the bridge and walk round and down towards the bank of the canal, as if you were going to go under the bridge. From the bank of the canal you should be alone (or with very few others) and will be able to get a clear shot of the bridge of sighs from there.
  • A nice bridge with a great view! The story of the name of the bridge: "The bridge became the path by which the prisoners were transported from the prison to the inquisitor’s office. Its name stems from the popular belief of sadness and the sighs of condemned prisoners as they were led through it to the executioner."
  • Interesting history behind it, and definitely a pretty bridge, but be prepared for a lot of tourists. If you want a picture here, you'll likely need some time before you get your turn, and there'll probably be somebody else appearing in your photo.
  • The bridge is famous because of the history behind it. Just nice from the outside, dull and very crowded inside, it is a bit of disappointment when you see it for the first time._
  • Called the bridge of sighs because it's the bridge prisoners used to go from the palace where they were sentenced to the prison. It is said that their sighs were heard when they crossed the bridge. Would recommend viewing both in the day and night. The lights at night give a dramatic effect. Does get congested by tourists.
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