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Ponte dei Sospiri

Piazza San Marco, 1, 31024 Venice, Italy
+39 041 271 5911
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This historic bridge connects the Doge's Palace with its prisons and was named for the condemned prisoners who crossed it to meet their executioners.
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Piazza San Marco, 1, 31024 Venice, Italy
+39 041 271 5911
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Best picture is taken from another bridge over the canal and this bridge is very crowded, you may have to wait for a spot at the railing. Once in while a gondola with tourists traverses the canal to complete the picture.

Thank MarcATL
Reviewed 2 days ago

I found the history and the story of the condemned prisoners more interesting than the thing itself. From outside it is framed nicely and is very iconically Venetian, but I was more intrigued by the view from inside.

Thank mikerutherford
Reviewed 4 days ago

The best way to understand the real history of the bridge is to walk across it on a visit to the Doge's Palace. Good photo opportunity from within the windows on the bridge itself. Lots of people clammered to take a photo of the bridge...More

Thank sme20162016
Reviewed 4 days ago

Kiss your partner at sunset while riding on a gondola :). Beautiful location full of history. Worth a visit.

Thank r0minab
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hopefully you know by now that the sighs are from prisoners making their way to their execution not lovers sighs. You can walk inside during a tour of Doge's palace and of course take pictures from outside as well.

Thank TheTravelPirate
Reviewed 1 week ago

We viewed this historic bridge from the street; wonderful place to photograph. On our tour of the Doge's Palace, we actually walked across the "Bridge of Sighs" as our tour guide narrated the grim history of the prison. The "Bridge of Sighs" was a starkly...More

1  Thank laneybelle
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't come to Venice without seeing the Ponte dei Sospiri (the bridge of sighs). But once you are there and have taken the obligatory picture, there isn't much else to do there but move on to the next sight.

Thank Mmeyernos
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bridge of Sighs is a top tourist site in Venice where prisoners took a last view of Venice on the way to execution.

Thank Joyce P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must-see sight and photo ops from both sides. Historicall fascinating and right on the back side of the Doge's Palace just off the Grand Canal.

Thank JTB4
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the outside, it is just another bridge, despite it's fame. For atmosphere it's best to visit the Doge's palace to get a sense of past history.

Thank Josi S
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Response from Gavin O | Reviewed this property |
Can't see your picture however, the bridge of sighs is just a corridor from one building to another. You can see this passage built of limestone from the following bridges....Ponte Canonica (to the north) & Ponte Della... More