Ponte dei Sospiri
Ponte dei Sospiri
4.5
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: 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.
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Ahmet A
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Nice please with beautiful buildings. We send on November so wether was perfect not boiling hot and not cold. Also not too much people around. Nice time and place in time to enjoy the city holiday.
Written November 13, 2022
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Tucson20,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Maybe this should be called the Bridge of Sorrows. It is the connection between the Doge's Interrogation Room (doesn't that just give you the shudders?) and the prison. It's a a wonder any prisoner had enough energy left to even sigh as they passed across.

It was built in 1602 so that puts 620 years worth of candles on its birthday cake.

If the story weren't so tragic (prisoner crossing bridge), it would be a really beautiful reminder of Old Venice history. But it really is a beauty. It is an ornate covered bridge with enclosed portals for viewing (one last look before the end) and it sits upon a curved support arch over the canal. The span is adorned with 11 heads, 5 human ones on either side of the Lion (of Venice) in the center.

The faces are either grim, sad, or angry (except for one who looks happy) and the belief is that this is meant to scare away evil spirits. The happy looking one could be the bridge's guardian. Looks also like 2 images of Neptune flank the arch span.

Such was life 600+ years ago.
Written October 14, 2022
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courtney9384
Washington DC, DC402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Very close to Piazza San Marco, so it's worth the short walk to see. Lots of tourists will be stopped on the adjacent foot bridge to take photos. I believe you can cross through the Ponte dei Sospiri if you purchase an additional ticket when you tour the Doge's Palace.
Written September 1, 2022
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Luac84
Brighton, UK564 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Walking in Venice we came across the Bridge of Sighs...

The Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri, Venetian: Ponte de i Sospiri) is a bridge in Venice, Italy. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, and connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antonio Contino, whose uncle Antonio da Ponte designed the Rialto Bridge, and it was built in 1600.

Great photo opportunities, make sure you visit Doges Palace where you are able to cross inside the bridge to see the same view the prisoners would of got of the last view of Venice..
Written May 20, 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This is a small (11m in length) stone bridge enclosed between the Doge's palace and prison. Perhaps mystified by Lord Byron during the 19th century, who named it the bridge of Sighs (prisoners taken across would catch a last glimpse of Venice and sigh before their execution). Still in very could shape considering it was built in 1600.
Written October 12, 2021
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The bridge is famous however you can only access it when going inside Doge Palace. And I must say, I was kinda disappointed as the bridge is all covered up when you are walking on it, there is not Good opportunity to take pictures from outside unless you use a lot of zoom and put your lense through the small holes. It is better to view it from outside when walking towards one of the vaporretto stops in S Marco S Zaccaria.
Written April 1, 2023
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JRMADA
United States3,326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This bridge connects the prison to the Doge’s Palace. We loved the stories and the stigma of the bridge, but loved it even more once we walked it going to the prison and coming from the prison back into the Palace during our visit. One gets and Erie feeling walking the bridge knowing what awaited prisoners crossing that bridge either direction. This was one of the highlights for us during the Palace visit.
Written October 27, 2022
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Sarah L
London, UK3,318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
For a bridge so small, this place does attract a lot of attention. The bridge which looks out to the Bridge of Sighs is often full of tourists taking a selfie. Given the bridge's historical importance, it is worth a stop.
Written March 1, 2022
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T K
Limerick, Ireland411 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It is actually funny watching people nearly breaking their necks trying to get a picture of the bridge but locals really advise about this area in general for pickpockets and you'll see why.

See it early in the morning or late in the evening.

It is literally around the corner from Doge's palace so you won't miss it.
Written October 4, 2023
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Dpag
Providence, RI80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Go see Nancy at Anyplace Travel . She’s an Italy expert. From the airplane to specifically situated hotels, to transfers to our train tickets it was a no stress trip. We arrived in Venice via train. As you approach the doors to go outside Venice is splayed before you. Porters ask to take your bags. Make sure they are the real deal and use one unless you’re traveling light. Otherwise like us, cuz we didn’t know better, you are gonna lug your suitcase up a ton of stairs then down them to your hotel. You need very good shoes and knees as venice is 177 bridges that connect 118 small islands. Small Back alley ways are the thoroughfares throughout this amazing city. The food is like everywhere in Italy is simply amazing. Take a gondola ride, buy a water bus pass for the entire time you are there. Go over to the St George go up the tower, go to Murano see the glass blown, eat seaside at one of the great restaurants on that island. Burano is famous for lace, see that, then pop over to Lido Beach and swim in the Adriatic Sea! Venice is fantastic!
Written August 12, 2023
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