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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." Using our world travel planner, Venice attractions like Ponte dei Sospiri can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Ponte dei Sospiri Reviews
The Bridge of Sighs, known as the Ponte dei Sospiri, is one of the most famous Bridges not just in Venice but in the world. It’s said that if a couple in a gondola kisses as they pass under the... more »
Great opportunity for photos, and the history behind it is interesting. But it is only one of the sights to see in all of the amazing sights to be saw in venice. more »
The bridge was built in 1602 and is called the Bridge of Sighs because many prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the windows before being taken down to their cells... more »
It looks very nice (preferably from outside), it is surely one of the symbols of Venice, present on dozens of postcards, photos and calendars. Slightly hidden behind the building, it can be visited during sightseeing of the Doge's Palace, and can be viewed - the best way - from the marina. Lots of tourists try to capture him (and of course himself) in the pictures taken from the side of lagoon.
Crossing this bridge is part of a visit to the Doge's palace. The bridge is a fully enclosed dark passageway with just two small windows on each side, through which prisoners would supposedly take a last look at Venice and freedom and, well, sigh. The inside is like a subway tunnel but it is an experience and it is part of an interesting museum. However, if history, period weaponry/armour and other artifacts, stunningly ornated rooms, a stunning courtyard and a dank prison are not your thing then just appreciate it from the outside.
Great views of Venice. Do not miss this. Follow the signs to the prisons in Doge's Palace and for the external view go outside and around the palace to the waterfront where you will find a bridge.
Very interesting bridge, specially the name origin which is not exactly romantic as many think. The bridge to take pictures from is usually crowded but if you go to the sides underneath you will have a space that's less known and will be able to capture that bridge from a different angle (and way less crowded!). Not much to see or photograph so expect to stay at this location between 5 to 10 minutes unless you want to take several pics from different angles
Went through The Bridge Of Sighs while on the Doge's Palace trip. It was fascinating to walk through & see the last view that the prisoners would have seen of beautiful Venice. The Bridge can be seen from one of the bridges on Venice front & provides a good photo opportunity. You can also get a good view of the Bridge from a Gondola as you ride towards it & then right underneath.
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