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Ponte dei Sospiri

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San Marco
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Address: Piazza San Marco, 1, 31024 Venice, Italy
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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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Yes, fight the crowds - it is worth it to get a look at the Ponte dei Sospiri! Lovely architecture & makes you think about what it must have meant to those that crossed it.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes, fight the crowds - it is worth it to get a look at the Ponte dei Sospiri! Lovely architecture & makes you think about what it must have meant to those that crossed it.

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Montseret, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is such a historical place, and the bridge was once the last place you might see daylight on your way to prison in the Era of the Doges.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This bridge takes his name from the ancient romantic poets; the bridge leads to the palazzo dei Prigioni ( Palace of prisoner) they were captured there after her jugement. Probabily the prisoner gives a last sigh on this small bridge.

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

"Ponte dei Sospiri" or the Bridge of Sighs in Venice has a rich history that most of have heard one way or another. The bridge is best seen/photographed from the bridge over the Rio di Palazzo closest to the bay. Possibly one of the most crowed spots in Venice because of it's narrow view of the bridge. It can also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This bridge is also known as the Bridge of sighs, as it is the last place from where the the prisoners saw Venice before they were imprisoned or executed many centuries ago. One can see it when you take a Gondola ride as you go under the bridge to cross onto the other side. It was a nice experience seeing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s an intricate gothic design that shouldn’t be missed if you are this close by! Watch the gondoliers go underneath it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely spot in Venice both inside and out----though walking across is heavy with history of all those who went before. Fabulous spot!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you pay to go in the Doges palace, you'll get to walk through the Ponte dei Sospiri. It's a pretty neat experience, but I wouldn't call it a must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This links the Doge's Palace with the prison and the prisoners used to be taken across it. From the outside it is very pretty, from the inside it's grim! It was included in the audio tour of the Doge's Palace

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can't really go to Venice without seeing this and it is beautifully framed by the canal, the ancient buildings and - almost invariably - a few gondolas going along underneath it. In my opinion the view is better from the "other end", ie the end away from the Grand Canal

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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.
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