"Ponte di sospiri ( bridge of sighs and shame )" Ponte dei Sospiri Tip by hundwalder

Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice: 138 reviews and 210 photos

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by hundwalder

I call it the bridge of shame and injustice. This 400 year old bridge connects the Palazzo Ducale with the dungeons on the other side of the small canal. Accused criminals received a fair trial ( and hippos can fly ) in the palace of the Doges and then were immediately hustled across this bridge into the dungeons or the gallows. In many cases when they looked out of the disgustingly ornate windows it was their last glimpse of anything other than dungeon walls.

Notice the intricate designs on and of the bridge and its superb craftsmanship. Who were they trying to impress ? It made me wonder how many of the hapless petty criminals who were herded across this bridge of shame had earlier put so much effort into building either it or the palace of vanity connected to it. I enjoyed seeing the great architecture of Venice, and while doing so, thought of the craftsmen who created it, and not those whose vanity it was built to inflate.

Give this tip a bad rating if you find it offensive. Sorry but I need to vent off steam somewhere.

Address: behind the Doges Palace
Directions: Piazza San Marco
Phone: +39 0412715911
Website: http://palazzoducale.visitmuve.it

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2006
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