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Address: 31024 Venice, Italy
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Description: This historic bridge connects the Doge's Palace with its prisons and was...
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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Bridge with history

We could not get into the Doges Palace, so only saw the bridge from the canal. The story of the prisoners last glimpse of the outside world is evocative. Good photos from below... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I truly enjoyed the view of this bridge, it is beautiful, really beautiful. The dirty white colour of limestone marble is very much attractive. i spent a good amount of time taking pictures and just looking at the bridge here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you want a picture without a lot of people around, go early. But it's delightful to see the crowds and vendors by the canals. So close to the other major sites--it's not Venice without seeing it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We could not get into the Doges Palace, so only saw the bridge from the canal. The story of the prisoners last glimpse of the outside world is evocative. Good photos from below the bridge beside the old jail - don't stand with the mass of tourists! If you need to get into the Palace, go early or later. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

If you make it to Venice you have to search out the Bridge of Sighs, just to say you saw it when asked. We didn't take the tour so I can't say we walked across it, but the view from outside makes a good pic. The historical significance goes back to when prisoners were sentenced in the courthouse - the... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I would let the travellers discover the story of this bridge themselves when they visit the doge's palace. Its really worth the wait :)

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We were able to walk on this bridge with the tour of the Dodge's palace. The bridge is amazing for the age and very interesting story behind it's name. This is a must visit when in Venice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Although viewing from outside is easy, we got to cross over the bridge by going on the Doge's Palace Secret Tour. The bridge is split into two corridors so heading east (palace to prison) you can only see north, and heading west only south to the lagoon. According to the tour guide, sighs over the last view of Venice is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Crossing over the Bridge of Sighs on the way to the below ground prison dungeons was a step back into history. I could imagine the prisoners' "sighs" as they walked toward their incarceration. The last view the prisoners have, as seen through the stone wall openings, was of bridges and gondolas passing along the canal - a view punctuated by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

My dream came true to sit in a gondola and view the legendary bridge. Indeed, the Bridge of Sighs is a beautiful sigh, sculptures depicting sad or angry faces. A palace and prison on each side. The feeling and how those prisoner felt as their last glimpse outside. To me it was a memorable ride with my son. I would... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Must see the view from the bridge on the walk way into the prison from the palace. I think I could still hear the prisoners sighs as they looked out over the canal for their last glimpse of the water before their internment. Absolutely fascinating place.

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.