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Bridge of Sighs

31024 Venice, Italy (Castello)
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Ranked #49 of 215 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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Maplewood, New Jersey
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We took in the view of the Bridge of Sighs from the outside first, before going into Palazzo Ducale to get a view from the inside of the bridge. The small openings to get in some sunlight and the view of the water from inside made for some good photo opportunities. If you are in Venice for the 1st time,... More

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

You can see this bridge when going through the Doge's palace. The history is sad but interesting to read about and remind us of how things were at one point in history. You can also see the bridge from outside the building from the street if you are looking for it. One of the many historical things to see in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

One of the must sees but so busy got shoved about as there is only a couple of really good views. With a good zoom camera you are best to go three bridges back to get a hassle free view.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

When you are in the palace and court everything is so regal and nice. If you are convicted of a crime you went across this bridge, you would naturally look out the barred windows and see the water. On the other side of the bridge are the cells and they are quite depressing.

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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

when we first saw the sigh bridge,of course we found it beautiful and took some photos and passed by.but later,when visiting dogge's palace and at the end of our visit and passing all that beautiful rooms of dogge's palace,we suddenly came to the plain and undecorated corridor that led to prisons. because we were in hurry(for closing time of palace),when... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved this, walking over the bridge & down into the cells as the prisoners did all those years before, also had the audio tour, well worth it, as you get headphones & can walk around at your own pace, awesome

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Bridge of Sighs history is sad yet it is magnificent. This is the bridge that prisoners used to make their way over to the prison and they would stop at the window and "sigh" as they knew they would not see Venice again for a while.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Granted it takes you about an hour to wind around the Doge's palace to get to it but it's cool just for its historical significance. From the outside it's beautiful, from the inside it's hard to even tell you're on that beautiful bridge you saw from the outside. So glad we took the time to take this tour. Very interesting!

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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

When visiting the Doge's palace you actually walk over the bridge without realising! (16euro entrance fee). I peeped out the little windows and wondered why people were taking pictures of me, and then realised where I was! Unique bridge when considering the history and meaning of the bridge.

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I've been wanting to see this since I was 5 and was told the story of how the bridge got its name by a teacher showing us her slides of Venice. Can be viewed from another bridge which is very crowded with tourists snapping pictures. A little bridge which is a must when visiting Venice.

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