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Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
Ranked #5 in Venice things to do
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Sestiere San Marco, Venice 30124 Italy
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Today, custom holds that lovers should kiss under the bridge in order to seal their fate as soul mates. Oddly, the bridge got its name from the sullen prisoners' exasperations as they were ferried ... Read more
across the bridge, from the prison to the courts. Despite its somber purpose, the bridge actually looks very romantic from the outside-- perfect for a great photo.

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The Bridge of Sighs connects the Doges'Palace to the New Prisons. Owes its name to the Britis poet Lord Byron. Inside it has a double corridor and no frills. The outside is more attractive, with its elegant White stine decoration and the pierced windows. Prisoners, Byron imagines, sighed while crossign the Bridge, looking outside for a moment, while being brough from cell to court, or back to jail after investigation or torture...

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Centennial

I feel like every time I'm here there's some sort of construction and I never get a good view of the bridge. Regardless, it is really beautiful and I'd love to see it from the inside someday.

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Wainwright

One memory of Venice I will never forget, highly enjoyed the tour that allowed me to walk through the bridge to experience what really makes it the bridge of sighs!

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Brno

The historical importance is interesting. It's the last bridge a free man would cross before he went to the prison. It had a cool story and it would be a shame to miss out. It can get crowded but the crowds dissipated quickly.

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Surrey

I was fortunate enough to go intocthenbridge of sighs. The bridge is much more beautiful from the outside.

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Boston

As part of the Palace tour in Plaza St. Marco, you access the prison and walk over the Bridge with a view of the canals. We went in the morning and didn't find crowds .

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Puerto Vallarta

Surprisingly unimpressive and actually difficult to see. There are seemingly endless bridges in this city but this is not one that you can stand on but you can view it from afar.

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Cambridge

Want to feel really creeped out by touristing around a sight with a lot of actually pretty sad history? This is the bridge for you.

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Rochester

I'm not sure if you can actually cross across the Bridge of Sighs as we did not go into the Dogges palace, and we might have missed this if I didn't want to explore a little bit more along the canal front at St. Mark's square.

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Los Angeles

This is along the way, so keep an eye out for it. It's cool if only for legend (as according to Wikipedia here): The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals. In addition, little could be seen from inside the Bridge due to the stone grills covering the windows.

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Pinellas Park

Over-rated. From the outside, it appears to be just another bridge, albeit a covered one. If you miss it, you're trip won't be lacking.

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Calgary

You need to buy special tickets to view the Bridge of Sighs from the inside but looking at it from the outside is the better view of the picturesque enclosed bridge.

The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals. In addition, little could be seen from inside the Bridge due to the stone grills covering the windows.

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Pleasant Hill

Ponte dei Sospiri or Bridge of Sighs ... the final walk of prisoners across the water to what was most likely their end. Gayle saw from the outside and walked it from the inside.

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Tunis

Celebrated by the great French novelist Alexandre Dumas, this bridge witnessed the love story of two young people as their meeting place and the story, though romantic, ended tragically. It is no surprise since the Greek era that love stories are often tragical. Later on in the Renaissance time, Shakespeare and Racine (and Coeneille) brought back these stories to the scene and plays like Le Cid or Romeo and Juliet are until today masterpieces.
So, why not have an idyll and play the role (or live ) a love story. It will be a landmark in your life.

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Union City

I love the history behind the Bridge of Sighs. Among all the many bridges, here is the one that people would look out of to get one more view of Venice before going to jail. Cool to look at, but if you go to the Doges Palace, you can also see the view from the bridge.

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Reading

Although it is possible to visit the inside of this whilst visiting the Doges's Palace, this is an attraction that is best viewed for free from the outside.

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Longmont

The Bridge of Sighs connects the Doge's Palace with the dungeons of Venice, hence the name. Unfortunately these days the bridge is covered with a weird scaffolding so the view from the outside is nowhere near as enjoyable.

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New York City

"I stood in Venice on the Bridge of Sighs,
A palace and a prison on each hand." - Lord Byron

The bridge was given its name by Lord Byron in the 19 century. The idea being that the view from the bridge was the last site of Venice that prisoners would see before being condemned to their fates.

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Most people see the Bridge of Sighs from the exterior, as connecting the Doge's Palace to its adjacent prison. A more insightful experience is to take a tour inside Palazzo Ducale that takes you through the Secret Passageways and through the bridge where you can stop and admire Venice from the other side, as seen through the cracks of the bridge. I took a VIP Access Secret Passages: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tour with Walks of Italy that I highly recommend which allowed me to spend extra time on the bridge, as well as see the cavernous cells where the Venetian wrongdoers were held - one of which incarcerated the infamous Casanova that managed to escape.

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Tallahassee

Visited so many years ago, but still recall the poignant feeling of first look. The "sighs" of those being locked away from all this beauty capture the heart!

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