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Bridge of Sighs

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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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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... read more

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

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Yes, the name of this site is going to change in honour of the vendors on the Riva degli Schiavoni. The view is best in the early morning before 8 am, especially on a misty morning, or from inside looking out, as prisoners once did on their trips from prison to trial/interrogation and back. During the day, just push your... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

On our tour group we stopped for a minute on a bridge looking over to it but had to leave quickly so didn't get much of a chance to take a picture but it was beautiful all the same.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I wanted to photograph it, but found no boat to pass under it except if you go to expensive gondolas. I was able to get my photo by walking on another bridge in Riva degli Schiavoni.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

You haven't been in Venice without seeing it and taking a picture kissing under it (or on the bridge in front but under it). The only way to pass under it is in a gondola (80E for 30 minutes).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

As you pass through the Doge's palace and work your way through to the prison, it really becomes quite sad. Especially as you cross over the Bridge of Sighs and realise this was probably the last view many of the prisoners had of the outside world. If you are lucky enough to ride in a gondola under the bridge you... More 

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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.