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Bridge of Sighs

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San Marco
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Address: Piazza San Marco, 1 | San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 0412715911
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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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I don't know, maybe I was expecting something more poetic.

I wouldn't kill my self trying to get to see this. Go on a water tour of the city and you will see it without having to walk on this bridge.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
laylapretoria
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Dublin, Ireland
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Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The bridge of sighs is a must to see when visiting Venice as it is the bridge used to transport prisoners to the Doges Palace. Well worth a visit, even if it is just a picture from the bridge! Recommended.

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Eastvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the big attractions in Venice is this place. I must admit it is a lot smaller than I imagined it.

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Thank 1Jeeplover
Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good to see from the outside as well as the inside. You can see the view from inside the bridge when you visit the Doge's Palace.

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Thank michelleminamd
Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had an amazing few days in Venice last week. Location of Hotel Bauer was ideal just behind Piazza San Marco. Bridge of Sighs " breath taking". Great place, people, food and weather. Was ideal for getting around visited Burano and Murano , hotel location close to local water boat stops and was a great saving with the 24hour ticket- highly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Bridge of Sighs can be easily seen from a public bridge adjacent San Marco square. See the view up canal below - so this is for free and very popular ... Everyone gets their picture taken with this backdrop. So easy and fun to do. But you can get inside the bridge and walk across it - some of the... More 

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful bridge that you can walk through on a tour of the dodge place. From inside you can see through the barred windows to canals and the lagoon. Picture from outside can be taken from a public pedestrian bridge or the water bus (vaporetto).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We managed to cross the bridge as part of the Doge palace tour . It has a pretty checkered history with many a prisoner been escorted to prison via the bridge as they could only glimpse the outside world through the metal slats hence the name " The Bridge of Sighs" Well worth a visit

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wouldn't kill my self trying to get to see this. Go on a water tour of the city and you will see it without having to walk on this bridge.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We saw the bridge from the outside as part of a walking tour, hence we got the history of bridge. This was a walkway to take prisoners from the Doge's interrogation rooms to the prison. The prison was a grime place with severe conditions that most did not survive. Lord Byron is reported to have coined the phrase "Bridge of... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

incorporated in our visit to Doges Place. So interesting the connection between the court rooms and prison.

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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.