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Ponte dei Sospiri Tips (136)

Ponte della Paglia - The Straw Bridge

SAN MARCO
VAPORETTO- SAN ZACCARIA or SAN MARCO (VALLERESSO)

Continuing along the Molo, with the Doges Palace on Your left, You'll soon come to a bridge. The Ponte della Paglia, or the Straw Bridge (pic 2), possibly named due to this being the place where bales of straw were unloaded for the garrisons of the Doges Palace, and the prison opposite. The straw was used for bedding and possibly for feeding the horses of the garrison. It was also the place where straw could be bought

The bridge was originally built of wood, but was then re-constructed in stone in 1360, with this present bridge dating from 1847, when it was enlarged, but modelled on the old bridge.

Bodies of drowned victims were at one time displayed on this bridge!

Steps lead up to the centre of the bridge, which is divided into 2 parts by a rail that runs the length of the bridge. Part of the year, the steps are covered with ramps- this is during (and for a while after) the Venice marathon, which I believe is in October - So it's a good time for those who require wheelchairs, or are pushing prams/ pushchairs to visit the city.

Apparently there is a shrine on the bridge that dates from 1580, with a carving of the Virgin known as Madonna dei Gondoliieri (that was added 3 years later) I only became aware of this after my recent visit (I'll put it on my list of things to look for next time)

Now, this bridge is usually crowded with tourists pointing their cameras, or posing for photos on the left hand side of the bridge, as this is the usual spot for taking photos of another of Venices main attractions - Ponte dei Sospiri, or as it more usually known- The Bridge of Sighs.

This covered walkway connects the Doges Palace to the prison, State Inquisitors office and the old torture chambers.

Many romantic stories have arisen from this bridge, some are inaccurate in historical time and detail, but hey, this is a city of romance!

UPDATE*** JAN 2009 - The Doges Palace is undergoing some renovation work - so it is a different view of the Bridge of Sighs now - as you can see from this photo! There have been some issues about the companies advertising hoardings. Pic 3 shows it as it was before the hoardings went up

I particularly enjoyed wandering around here in the early hours of Christmas Day morning 2008, when this photo (1) was taken

The bridge can be accessed as part of a tour of the Doges Palace -

I'll return to Ponte dei Sospiri later on this short tour, with a different view of the Bridge.(keep following in order)

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suvanki
Oct 07, 2010

A MISERABLE LOOKING PONTE DE SOSPIRI!

This summer 2010, not only prisoners have a sigh passing from the Palazzo Ducale to the New Prisons (Prigione Nuove) but also the millions of tourists discovering the miserable looking Bridge of Sighs between two walls of bleu panels and topped by a publicity panel for watches.

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breughel
Jul 18, 2010

Bridge of Sighs

Where?

By Palazzo Ducale, connecting the old prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace itself. The Bridge of Sighs is included in the guided Secret Itinerary tour which I would very highly recommend.

What?

Contino, nephew of Antonio da Ponte who designed the Rialto Bridge, designed this bridge between 1600 and 1603. The bridge is composed of two overlapping corridors in a baroque style. And it's amazing for photoshots at dawn, dusk, or during full moon - and there are fewer people around, which is also a bonus.

According to the local legend, if lovers kiss on a gondola at sunset as it glides under the bridge they will have eternal love. However, the Bridge's original purpose was much less romantic.

It's name comes not from the sighs of those in love, but the sound of sighs of the condemned as they were being led to prison. This is another legend probably, even though it made its way into Mark Twain's 'Innocents Abroad' (one of my absolute favourite books)

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Maria81
Jan 08, 2010

Ponte dei Sospiri

One of Venice's most famous bridges, il Ponte dei Sospiri, known in English as the Bridge of Sighs, connects the Palazzo Ducale with the Prigione Nuove, i.e. the new prisons of the Doge's Palace. Its name derived from supposed sighs of the criminals who traversed the bridge on their way to the ruthless prisons across the canal. The bridge was built in the 17th century using Istrian stone, carved in a Baroque style. While both its architecture and its purpose are unique in Venice, I still found the Bridge of Sighs to be a bit of a disappointment, but try not to be swayed by my opinion.

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Sep 04, 2009
 
 
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Bridge of Sighs

It was a wierd experience to visit this dungeon and get a feel of how convicts feel when couped up in their prisons. By the time we got out me and dad were actually feeling quite claustrophobic!
The Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri) is one of many bridges in Venice. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antoni Contino (whose uncle Antonio da Ponte had designed the Rialto Bridge), and built between 1600 and 1603.

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 out the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built, and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals[1].

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abi_maha
Feb 02, 2009

THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS

WHEN IN VENICE YOU WILL NO DOUBT CROSS MANY MANY BRIDGES..BUT ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS IS THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS. THIS BRIDGE LINKS THE DOGES PALACE AND THE PRISON.
IT GOT ITS NAME BECAUSE IT IS SAID THAT AS THE PRISONERS WERE BEING LED ACROSS THE BRIDGE ON THEIR WAY TO THE PRISON CELLS THEY WOULD LOOK OUT TO CATCH THEIR LAST GLIMPSE OF VENICE..AND AS THEY CAUGHT THEIR FINAL GLIMPSE THEY WOULD GIVE A HEAVY SIGH...THUS GIVING THE BRIDGE ITS NAME..THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS.
THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS IS BEST SEEN AS PART OF THE DOGE'S PALACE TOUR..A REVIEW OF WHICH I WILL DO NEXT.

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wanderingbilly
Nov 13, 2008

Bridge of Sighs – Ponte dei Sospiri

The Bridge of Sighs was constructed between 1600 and 1603 and is made from white Istrian Stones. It was built to connect the Doge's prisons, or Prigioni, with the inquisitor's rooms in the main palace. The bridge crosses the Rio di Palazzo.

The designer Antoni Contino was the nephew of Antonio da Ponte, the man who designed the Rialto Bridge.

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grayfo
Oct 15, 2008

Bridge of Sighs

The bridge, that houses two overlapping corridors, was built at the beginning of the 17th century form a design by Antonio Contin and used to serve as a link between the Old Prisons, in the Doge's Palace, and the New Prisons, situated beyond the Palazzo River.

El puente fue construido a principios del siglo XVII, diseño de Antonio Contin. Era el camino que seguian los condenados a muerte y desde sus ventanas era por donde miraban por última vez la laguna veneciana

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Bridge of Sighs

The Doge's Palace is definitely a must-see on a trip to Venezia, and this is the one of the best parts...crossing the Bridge of Sighs. Imagine crossing it as your last view of the outside world on your way to the prison, as many did....

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londonlover
Jun 07, 2008

Bridge of Sighs: Ponte dei Sospiri

"The Bridge of Sighs is one of many bridges in Venice. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antoni Contino (whose uncle Antonio da Ponte had designed the Rialto Bridge), and built between 1600 and 1603.

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 out the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built, and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals[1].

A local legend says that lovers will be assured eternal love if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the bridge. This legend played a key part in the 1979 film A Little Romance."

Taken from Wikipedia

Not only was the bridge the last glimpse for prisoners. It was were family members stood when prisoners were walking back to Doge's Palace and the Square for their public execution. Family would wait on the bridge where tourists stand and wave to the convict for their final farewell.

This is a very famous bridge and at different parts of the day will get very crowded. It's best to take your snap shot and get out of the way for others to do the same. However, it's not crowded at all parts of the day when you can gaze at it and go back in time to watch old prisoners say their final fairwells to Venice.

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msbrandysue
Jun 04, 2008

Bridge over waters

We took some bridges and hugged the walls along the canals to keep track from where we came to know where we were going. We did get lost, though. The directions we saw dusk, and then returning at dark was fun, but kind of scary not knowing how lost you may be, as to when you may recognize a landmark and know how to get out of the maze.
I suppose if you get to a bigger channel of water, you then know you are at a large canal before it enters the sea. The sites in deeper into the enclave are wonderful. Locals are doing their usual thing and it is enjoyable to see them go about their daily tasks and shopping.

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BruceDunning
May 28, 2008

Puente de los suspiros / Bridge of Sighs

Parece ser que fue Lord Byron en el siglo XIX , el que le dió este nombre al puente y no por un motivo romántico , sino que es aquí donde los prisioneros , suspiraban , al ver por última vez el agua del río de Palazzo y la luz del cielo , antes de abandonar los tribunales del Palacio Ducal y pasar a las prisiones de Piombi , donde les metían en unos pozos (pozzi) lúgubres e insalubres que estaban debajo del techo sobre una lámina de plomo ( Piombo)


It seems that Lord Byron was in the nineteenth century, who gave the name to the bridge , more than for a romantic occasion, because here is where the prisoners, sigh, seeing for the last time the Palazzo river and the day light , before leaving the courts of the Ducal Palace and as they were moving to the Piombi prison, where they were put in some wells (Pozzi) , ghastly and unhealthy that were below the ceiling under a sheet of lead (Piombo)

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elpariente
May 20, 2008

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