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Ponte dei Sospiri

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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
San Marco
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found it interesting to see the bridge from inside, vs. all the tourists who just take a picture of the bridge from outside. It is picturesque. Most of the mystique about prisoners actually sighing is probably more manufactured than a reality, but anyway, you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ryans69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of those Venice attractions that needs to be viewed from the exterior and experienced from the interior. If you tour the Doge's Palace you'll be able to walk through the bridge from the palace to the jail cells. It's well-worth the time...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank dskid
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view that everyone associates with Venice. It was a sunny pleasant day found that this view is just like all the others that I have seen. There is no other place to photograph it from unless you are in one of the gondolas.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tony B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You go over it as part of Doges palace self guided tour so you can see out of it from the inside and then walk round the corner from st mark's and see it on the outside.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jimvin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it is not till you see it from within that you realise that it was attached at some later date to ferry prisoner across to the dungeons, which although clean and nice now would have been awful when in full use. So elegant from the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jill C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bridge of Sighs is world renown, it is packed with tourists coming and going, there is a lot of pushing and chaffing going on, everyone wants to take a photo of this scene, and the once who take " selfies " really jam up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

Venice is full of surprises and photographic opportunities, this place is beautiful to see especially when the sun is shining, and must to see Located on the front, just off St Marks Square

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank WiganChris1968
Reviewed December 4, 2018

We visited Doges Palace so walked through the bridge as well. It's a place everyone stops. It's about the history of it more than what the appearance is. My advice is to read up about it before you go, so you can get a better...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FLBfive
Reviewed December 1, 2018

A better photo spot if you are not the condemned prisoner. Known as the Bridge of Sighs it was near our hotel so we passed it often. Every now and then we managed to take a photo as no one else was around.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

I could never tire of seeing this bridge. It is known as the Bridge of Sighs because, to my knowledge, it is the bridge that prisoners walked over before being executed or imprisoned. How it has stayed up I will never know. A bucket list...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops,
orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand
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August 27, 2018|
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Response from Ann A | Reviewed this property |
Just across the road from the steps that you stand on to see the bridge of sighs near to the water taxi station you will see the gondolas they are good
June 6, 2017|
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Response from stableboyuk | 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