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Bridge of Sighs

31024 Venice, Italy (Castello)
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Ranked #49 of 216 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

To get to the bridge , you must tout the prison behind the palace. It is quite a walk of torture chambers and dark prison cells. As you cross over the bridge and catch your own glimpse of Venice , it is easy to see why prisoners would sigh at their last glimpse of their beloved city. Often they would... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Worth looking at if you are into a lot of history of Venice and Italy - just enjoy the Gondola ride!

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Eastern Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The bridge itself was small and short, but once we were into the Dodge Palace where the courts were and learned how the bridge was used it all began to fall in place. When the criminal was sentenced in the court, he was immediately walked across the bridge of signs into the prison. The sighs came in part from the... More

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It is its history that makes this quite pretty bridge something special. The pushing and shoving to get in position for a decent photo makes it quite difficult. There is also another very similar bridge over the next canal along, a lot of folks make this mistake and take this one instead.

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Even if Venice is and will be a very unique and interesting tourist atractions, i personally was a little dissapointed by the bridge of Sighs. Unless you can see it either very early in the morning or late at night, it's almost impossible to spot from the crowds of people taking pictures in front of it. In fact, i almost... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Best time to go is early morning between 8 and 9 am. Still quiet and often an airy mist over it , making it quite breath taking

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The bridge of sighs, one imagines all sorts of things, however the sad history of the bridge it would be better to call it bridge of death, moans.....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Beautiful area to view and take pictures, best time before sunset and hopefully some boats floating around. take your time enjoy the small details and feel the history.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Visiting voluntarily and being allowed to leave - another story altogether. The Bridge of Sighs is one of Venice's photographic opportunities. Its history is about prisoners who walked across such a lovely sight into a grim imprisonment. A Must See in Venice.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband had been to Venice before many years ago when cleanliness and sanitation was not as it should be - I didn't hold out too much hope for this port when we visited it as part of a cruise. What can I say, it is the most beautiful city and truly magical - I cannot wait to go again.... More

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