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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour
"Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens in Venice and stroll to Doge's Palace the majestic Venetian-Gothic building from where the leaders of the former Venetian Republic ruled until the late 18th century.Plug into your provided headset to ensure you can hear your guide’s commentary clearly and then with your skip-the-line ticket bypass the main entrance queues and head inside. Begin by exploring the grandiose public chambers whose walls are studded with masterpieces by Renaissance artists Tintoretto and Veronese.See Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice a vibrant ceiling panel in the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten
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Venice Guided Sightseeing Private Tour for Kids and Families
"You and your family will enjoy meeting and mingling with the locals as you tour the beautiful waterways the ancient landmarks of the city including the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Square and many more ancient features. Our walking tour of this beautiful city features Venetian passageways featuring bustling marketplaces located over the renowned Rialto Bridge and get a glimpse of the Marco Polo House breathtaking churches and the awe-inspiring works of art in Campo San Bartolomeo. This city
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
"See the very best Venice has to offers in one day private walking tour. Explore historic sites including an extended visit to St Mark’s Basilica with our very knowledgeable English-speaking guide. No queuing and VIP treatment all the way with this exclusive package. You will be immersed in Venetian culture as you meander through Venice perhaps Venice’s most famous landmark. Here you can admire the magnificence of the Doge’s Palace and with 'skip-the-line' tickets you will soon be inside discovering the beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by V Venice’s famous lover and writer was imprisoned in one of the palace attics before managing to escape? Next is the highlight of the tour; the spectacular Basilica San Marco. The guide will point out how eastern architecture and western design have come together to create the Basi some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th century mosaics some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilica’s floods and fires over the centuries. This carefully designed guided tour includes many other famous sites includingCampo San Giovanni e Paolo
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Ponte dei Sospiri Tips (136)

Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) 2

part two of my tip with more picture inside

a famous photo and selfie spot beside the doge palace along the Rio Palazzo De Canonica (Canal) is the infamous Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), which looks magnificent on the outside but is very cramped and narrow inside. The Bridge of Sighs was built in 1614 to link the Doge’s Palace to the new prison along the other end of the canal and was made of white limestone and has small windows with stone bars bridge contains two separate corridors that run next to each other. That which visitors use today linked the Prisons to the chambers of the Magistrato alle Leggi and the Quarantia Criminal; the other linked the prisons to the State Advocacy rooms and the Parlatorio. The Bridge of Sighs was designed by Venetian architect Antonio Contino.

On the Second Floor of the Rennaisance Wing of the Doge Palace is where most of the Institutional Chambers are located like the: The Square Atrium, The Four Doors Room, Antechamber to the Hall of the Full Council, The Council Chamber (where the paintings of the various doges of venice are posted along the walls), Senate Chamber, The Chamber of the Council of Ten. The Compass Room. On the Third (Loggia) floors are the The Chamber of Censors, The Chamber of the State Advocacies, The Chamber of the Navy Captains, The “Scrigno” Room and the Bridge of Sighs are located (bridge of SIghs connects to the prison on the other side of the canal).

the Doge Apartments were located above the Porta del Frumento entrance of the Doge Palace and unfortunately we did not have time to visit this part of the Doge Palace and The other Institutional Chambers on the First Floor and also the Secret Itineraries and Hidden Treasures, which we place to go after a return to Venice.

The famous Palazzo Ducale (Doge Palace) is formerly the Palatial Residence, Prison and Offices of some of the staff of the Doge Rulers of Venice. This palace was built in 810, initially as Byzantine-Venetian architecture and after several renovations, became a Gothic Design in the 13th century and finally became Rennaisance design 16th century and the Bdige of Sighs and Prison was added. The Palace was both the residence, law courts, its civil administration and bureaucracy and the prison (before being moved to the bridge of sighs on the other side). Since 1923, It is now converted into a Museum of which lots of the tourists like us enter and take a look inside the many rooms and suites and museum pieces inside.

There are hardly any furnitures and precious items in the Doge Palace as most of the arts and crafts and precious items were ransacked by the French soldiers of Napoleon Bonaparte after the Venetian Republic surrendered in 1797.

Hours:

March to October, 09.00 AM to 05.15 PM;
November to February, 09.00 AM to 04.15 PM

Prices:

Museum Entrance: adults: 19 euros per person
children 6-4: 12 euros per person

Secret Itineraries: adults: 20 euros per person
children 6-4: 14 euros per person

Hidden Doge Treasures Tour: adults: 20 euros per person (includes museum entrance)
children 6-4: 14 euros per person (includes museum entrance)

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Apr 08, 2016

Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) 1

a famous photo and selfie spot beside the doge palace along the Rio Palazzo De Canonica (Canal) is the infamous Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), which looks magnificent on the outside but is very cramped and narrow inside. The Bridge of Sighs was built in 1614 to link the Doge’s Palace to the new prison along the other end of the canal and was made of white limestone and has small windows with stone bars bridge contains two separate corridors that run next to each other. That which visitors use today linked the Prisons to the chambers of the Magistrato alle Leggi and the Quarantia Criminal; the other linked the prisons to the State Advocacy rooms and the Parlatorio. The Bridge of Sighs was designed by Venetian architect Antonio Contino.

On the Second Floor of the Rennaisance Wing of the Doge Palace is where most of the Institutional Chambers are located like the: The Square Atrium, The Four Doors Room, Antechamber to the Hall of the Full Council, The Council Chamber (where the paintings of the various doges of venice are posted along the walls), Senate Chamber, The Chamber of the Council of Ten. The Compass Room. On the Third (Loggia) floors are the The Chamber of Censors, The Chamber of the State Advocacies, The Chamber of the Navy Captains, The “Scrigno” Room and the Bridge of Sighs are located (bridge of SIghs connects to the prison on the other side of the canal).

the Doge Apartments were located above the Porta del Frumento entrance of the Doge Palace and unfortunately we did not have time to visit this part of the Doge Palace and The other Institutional Chambers on the First Floor and also the Secret Itineraries and Hidden Treasures, which we place to go after a return to Venice.

The famous Palazzo Ducale (Doge Palace) is formerly the Palatial Residence, Prison and Offices of some of the staff of the Doge Rulers of Venice. This palace was built in 810, initially as Byzantine-Venetian architecture and after several renovations, became a Gothic Design in the 13th century and finally became Rennaisance design 16th century and the Bdige of Sighs and Prison was added. The Palace was both the residence, law courts, its civil administration and bureaucracy and the prison (before being moved to the bridge of sighs on the other side). Since 1923, It is now converted into a Museum of which lots of the tourists like us enter and take a look inside the many rooms and suites and museum pieces inside.

There are hardly any furnitures and precious items in the Doge Palace as most of the arts and crafts and precious items were ransacked by the French soldiers of Napoleon Bonaparte after the Venetian Republic surrendered in 1797.

Hours:

March to October, 09.00 AM to 05.15 PM;
November to February, 09.00 AM to 04.15 PM

Prices:

Museum Entrance: adults: 19 euros per person
children 6-4: 12 euros per person

Secret Itineraries: adults: 20 euros per person
children 6-4: 14 euros per person

Hidden Doge Treasures Tour: adults: 20 euros per person (includes museum entrance)
children 6-4: 14 euros per person (includes museum entrance)

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machomikemd
Apr 08, 2016

Ponte dei Sospiri

The famous Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri) connects the ducale palace with its historic prison rooms. The name was used as it was believed that a sentenced criminal would sigh when crossing this bridge, realizing the irreversible loss of his freedom.

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MichaelFalk1969
Oct 23, 2014

Pont dei Sospiri or Bridge of Sighs

This bridge connects the Palazzo Ducale and the former Prison. In early days the convicted people had to cross the bridge before they were thrown in prison. Their future was the cold and damped cells of the prison. Through the little windows they saw daylight for the last time. The name of the bridge derives from the sighs they let when crossing the bridge to their destination.

Famous people who where thrown in prison here were Casanova and Galileo Galilei. The bridge can be seen best from Ponte della Paglia near the Canale di San Marco.

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Aug 17, 2014
 
 
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Bridge of Sighs, Part II

“A lowered arch, a small Doric order with embossed, circular pediments overloaded with some windings, such is the Bridge of Sighs. It is properly speaking only a passage ten meters in lengths driving sheltered from the Ducal Palace to the prison, and, furthermore, a very ordinary work for the architect of the Bridge. Certainly Byron’s poetries more made for the illustration of the Bridge of the Sighs that the talent of the architect which constructed it.”
— from “Excursion in Italy” 1859 by Adolphe Lance

Ponte dei Sospiri can be seen best from two places, Ponte Canonica (see photo #2), on the northern side, and the more well-known view from Ponte della Paglia (see photo #1), on the bay, or southern side of the Bridge of Signs.

The 36-foot wide bridge, the only covered bridge in Venice, is built in the Italian Renaissance style, made of white limestone. Four windows, covered with stone lattice work, look north and south. Construction began in 1600; and took two years to complete. The many sculpted faces—most of them sad or angry—that decorate the bridge deserve notice (see photos #4 & #5).

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von.otter
Nov 11, 2013

Bridge of Sighs, Part I

“I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;
A palace and a prison on each hand;
I saw from out the wave of her structure’s rise
As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand:
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
Around me, and a dying
Glory smiles
O’er the far times, when many a subject land
Look’d to the winged
Lion’s marble pines,
Where Venice sate in state, throned on her hundred isles.”
— from “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” 1818 by George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Venice’s Ponte dei Sospiri, Bridge of Sighs, was completed in 1602. Designed by Antonio Contino, it spans the Rio di Palazzo (Palace River), connecting the Old Prison and interrogation rooms of Palazzo Ducale to the 1589 New Prison, across the canal.

How the bridge got its name is open to speculation. The most popular is that prisoners, who walked across the bridge on their way to their prison cell, would sigh as they crossed the bridge, lamenting their last glimpse of the outside world.

Another story tells us if a couple kisses under the Bridge of Sighs, while in a gondola below at sunset, they will enjoy eternal love. In this example, the sighs came from lovers, overwhelmed by the beauty of their surroundings.

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von.otter
Nov 11, 2013

Bridge of Sighs

This was the bridge between the prison and the interrogation chambers in the Doge's Palace, built in 1602.

The story was that the last view of Venice's beauty would be the last thing a prisoner would see before he was led to the dark dank prison. This would cause one last sigh, hence the "bridge of sighs."

By the time the bridge was built that whole story was probably over with. As my picture shows, you can't get a real good view of Venice from the bridge. Great in the storybook, a bit different in real life.

One legend is that you will find true love forever if you kiss on a gondola under the bridge of sighs while the bells of San Marco are tolling. Oh, and it must be at sunset to qualify for true love forever:) Imagine that!

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GentleSpirit
Jun 26, 2013

Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)

Another of the city's don't-miss landmarks.

Built in 1602, its beauty belies its grim history (or legend). It is through this bridge that convicted prisoners passed on their way toward an awaiting cell. While it is a popular story that the bridge gave prisoners one last look at the city of Venice, thence a sigh, many sources indicate that little could be seen due to stone grill work covering the windows

On the lighter side, local legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Ponte dei Sospiri.

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Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs is the second famous Venetian bridge. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antoni Contino and was built in 1602.
The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells.
A local legend says that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge Of Sighs.
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Jan 21, 2013

Bridge of Sighs

the Bridge of Sighs known as the Ponte dei Sospiri by the Venetians is a beautiful White limestone bridge. Designed by Antonio Contino it spans the Riodi Palazzo and was originally constructed to bridge the prison and the Doge's Palace interrogation rooms. The Bridge of Sighs is a beautiful work of art, stretching high above the canal. It is generally known as one of the finest examples of bridge architecture; a masterpiece at a time when such construction woulsd have been deemed almost impossible.

Why the 'bridge of Sighs'? Well it is said that the bridge got its name from the fact that prisoners who were then crossing it, on the way to their prison cells or the execution chambers, would sigh as they caught their last glimpses of Venice through the tiny windows. The bridge, and its unforgettable name, became particularly famous after the Romantic poet Lord Byron referenced the famous bridge in his 1812 book called Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

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Dec 30, 2012

Ponte dei Sospiri

The Bridge of Sighs is one of those famous places you just have to see when you visit Venice. It's best seen from the Ponte della Paglia which links Piazza San Marco outside the Doge's Palace with the Riva degli Schiavoni. You get to cross the bridge on a tour of the Palace and see how it's actually split into two passageways linking the Palace to the New Prisons. Apparently this was so that prisioners would not get to speak or pass messages as they were taken to and from their interogations. Strange that something so attractive on the outside had so much misery inside.

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Feb 12, 2012

Bridge of Sighs

Ponte dei Sospiri (The Bridge of Sighs) is a stone bridge that passes over Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons and the Doge's Palace's interrogation rooms. The bridged was designed by Antoni Contino, nephew of Antonio da Ponte who designed Rialto Bridge, at the beginning of the 17th Century.

Lord Byron, during his European travels in the early 1800s, named this bridge as the said name suggesting that convicts would sigh at their final view of Venice through the bridge's window before being imprisoned.

The Bridge of Sighs is currently going through an intensive restoration programme and not sure when this will be completed. It's best checking the city's official website for further information.

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Jul 23, 2011

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