Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice

4.3
Bridge · Historic Site
Create an itinerary including Ponte dei Sospiri
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.
Improve this listing »
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Tours to Ponte dei Sospiri

Ponte dei Sospiri reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
7,101 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Very close to Piazza San Marco, so it's worth the short walk to see. Lots of tourists will be stopped on the adjacent foot bridge to take photos. I believe you can cross through the Ponte dei Sospiri....  more
    Very close to Piazza San Marco, so it's worth the short walk to see. Lots of tourists will be stopped on the adjacent foot bridge to take photos. I believe you can cross through the Ponte dei Sospiri....  more »
  • This is a cute little bridge, with a lot of history (or hype), which provides a quick photo-op, but nothing more. 
    This is a cute little bridge, with a lot of history (or hype), which provides a quick photo-op, but nothing more.  more »
  • A bridge of sighs, wrongly associated with love stories, because it was the bridge leading the inmates to prison. Casanova was one of the prisoners who passed this bridge. Very nice and eye-catching.....  more
    A bridge of sighs, wrongly associated with love stories, because it was the bridge leading the inmates to prison. Casanova was one of the prisoners who passed this bridge. Very nice and eye-catching.....  more »
Google
  • Very famous, but very small bridge. This bridge is so short and small, if you visit Venice for the first time, you may not even find it. However, what matters is the history related to it and the sad and mysterious stories associated with it. The surrounding areas next to the bridge was very fun and exciting! You can visit the Duke's Palace, riding or watching the gondolas and enjoying the ocean view of the San Mark's Square, or even do some shopping, have some coffee and listen to the music. When I visited this bridge at night time, I was sitting on those shining and smooth bench next to it, I felt that every moment was so precious, since I don't even know how many people have been passing by or sitting on the same spot before, from all over the world!
  • You could sense the anguish well worth a visit
  • Knowing this Bridge from some Hungarian songs. The history of this Bridge can be sad, but if you didn't do anything bad, you never had the chance (luckily) to cross this bridge. It was extremely crowded during the day times in 2017, but as there are less tourists in Venice this days its easier to approach and take some good shots. ;)
  • They shackled me up and led me across this bridge to a little mini restaurant. They said I could order anything I liked. I couldn't believe my luck. i ordered lobster and filet steak. With a bit of red wine. Really nice! Can't wait to see what's coming next.
  • You can only access this from inside the doges Palace. It is a fully enclosed bridge between the Palace and the Old prison cells. Best viewed from the 2 bridges either side of the bridge of sighs.

Plan your trip to Venice

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.