Bridge of Sighs/ Ponte dei Sospiri in Venice

Interestingly named, the 16th century Bridge of Sigh has a sad past.

Interestingly named, the 16th century Bridge of Sigh has a sad past. | Photo credit: Daviddje/Flickr

Bridge of Sighs/ Ponte dei Sospiri Overview

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Constructed in the year 1602, the Bridge of Sighs connects what was once the interrogation rooms of the prisoners in the Doges Palace. The bridge is not just one of the most visited sights in Venice but it also has a very interesting story behind its name. Legend says that during the prison days, while crossing the bridge, prisoners used to see the city of Venice through the barred windows of the bridge and sigh at the loss of freedom. Since then, Lord Byron named it as the Bridge of Sighs in 19th century.

The bridge connects Palazzo Ducale/ Rio di Palazzo to the new prison known as Priggione Nove. It is wholly covered and one can only see stone bars on the windows which are made from white limestone. While is bridge looks like a marvel from outside (especially if you are on a gondola ride), it isn’t that pretty a sight to watch from inside.

  • Opening Closing Time 9 am to 7 pm (Summers); 9 am to 6 pm (Winters)

  • Entrance Fee € 13 for a Piazza San Marco pass

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Doges Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, Venezia, Italy