"Ponte dei Sospiri or the Bridge of Sighs" Ponte dei Sospiri Tip by BorneoGrrl

Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice: 138 reviews and 210 photos

  the Bridge of Sighs
by BorneoGrrl

Ponte dei Sospiri or the Bridge of Sighs was built over the Rio di Palazzo to connect the Doge's prisons with the inquisitor's rooms in the Doge's Palace. Though erected in the 17th century, it only got its name in the 19th century after Lord Byron's famous reference in his poem.

It was believed that as the condemned crossed the bridge, he would have his last view of the beautiful lagoons and freedom, thus the reference to "sighs"

It costs nothing to view the bridge from the outside and a local legend says that lovers will be assured of eternal love upon kissing under the bridge on a gondola at sunset. To me, I think it's another tourist trap :-)

Address: Ponte dei Sospiri - SAN MARCO
Directions: From Piazza San Marco, walk towards the Doge's Palace and turn left along the quayside. You will come to a small bridge and from there you can see Ponte dei Sospiri
Website: http://palazzoducale.visitmuve.it/it/il-museo/percorsi-e-collezioni/le-prigioni/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 10, 2007
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