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Bridge of Sighs

31024 Venice, Italy (Castello)
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Ranked #48 of 214 attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Bridges, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: 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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Toronto, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It's so talked about and written about, you really do need to take the time to see it just to check it off your list.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

While crossing the bridge of sighs from the Doge's Palace into the prison, one cannot escape the thoughts of those who were actually being walked across towards their fate as prisoners. You walk through twice, and can look out the tiny holes at what was the last glimpse of sun shine for some, and the canal adorned with gondolas for... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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129 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The only way to access the bridge is to enter the Doges Palace. You need to purchase tickets for that. Follow though the museum and eventually you will come to the bridge. It links the court rooms in the palace to the prison. Neither are in use, but part of the museum. The visitors are able to cross twice.

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Dundee, Scotland
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240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We loved this bridge, it has such poignant history attached to it, it was thought provoking thinking what thoughts must have been going through the prisoners heads as they made their final journey, don't miss this.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There's nothing to see really. U can't walk across it. Ok it's pretty but it's just a bridge. Very underwhelmed. Came across it by accident actually and couldn't understand why there were people stopped taking photos.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I don't really understand what the fuss is about, it's not that big. The bridge was also under repair when we were visiting so it was covered in placards. The gondola ride was nice, but having seen pictures of the bridge without the placards I doubt I would bother to go back.

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Spokane Wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A little creepy, but, also educational and a place you will always remember going to. A must see when going to this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were so pleased to see this and sail under it on our Gondola ride - for a moment we felt like we were being papped by all the tourists on the next bridge!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were in the area to check out the St Mark's Basilica. Really busy area so watch your belongings. It's one of those sights to check out and take a photo. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Kind of one of those things you have to say you saw and did. When we did our gondola ride we asked for him to take us back there, which was nice. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it.

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