Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice

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    Bridge Of Sighs

    by jag17 Written Sep 30, 2004

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    When touring the Doge Palace, you will have the opportunity to cross the Bridge of Sighs. The Bridge of Sighs connects the Doge Palace with the Palazzo delle Prigioni. Here is where you will see the cell blocks, and imagine the victims forced across it to face torture and possible death.

    Address: Piazza San Marco

    Directions: Vaporetto San Marco

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jun 26, 2013

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    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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    the bridge of sighs

    by doug48 Updated Jul 30, 2006

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    this is the bridge that connects venice's prison to the court rooms in the doge's palace. this bridge was so named because prisoners would "sigh" when they crossed the bridge on their way to the torture chamber. worth booking is the "secret itineraries" tour. it must be booked in advance at the palace or by phone 041 522 49 51

    Address: piazzetta

    Directions: island of rialto, san marco, water bus: san marco pier

    Phone: 041 522 49 51

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    Bridge of the Sighs

    by evona Updated Jun 26, 2004

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    Ponte di Sospiri - 1602

    This is a little bridge over a canal. There are two corridors between the Palace of Justice ( in The Doge`s Palace - Palazzo Ducale) and prison Prigioni Nuove. It`s told that it could be heard the sights of the prisoners when they passed the bridge.... But I like more the another explanation - this name is from the sights of enamoureds.

    Address: Rio del Palazzo

    Directions: next bridge of Ponte delle Paglia by Molo San Marco

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    The Bridge of Sighs.

    by neilward Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    I know its an old cliche' but when in Rome,it is a lovely piece of architecture and you imagine the prisoners looking out and seeing Venice for the last time.
    This bridge is not to be confused with another "similar"looking bridge just 50 metres away !!!!!!(See next photo !!!)
    When we were there a couple of beggars had set up base on the bridge,they weren't rude or offensive as mant of them can be.

    Directions: On the right of The Doges Palace,as you look with the Canal behind you..

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by abi_maha Updated Feb 2, 2009

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    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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    Ponte dei Sospiri

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    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.

    Address: Ponte dei Sospiri - SAN MARCO

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by clairegeordio Written Jul 20, 2004

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    The Bridge of Sighs was built in 1600 and is located in the Doge's Palace. It received it's name describing when the prisoners passed through it on their way to their cells as it would probably be their last glimpse of the lagoon and the island of San Giorgio and of freedom.

    Directions: Walk from St Mark's Square towards the lagoon, turn right and the Bridge of sighs can be viewed from the first bridge.

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    Sighs

    by ettenaj Written Nov 6, 2003

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    This bridge crosses the Rio di Palazzo, it is in baroque style and leads to the prisons. It is said that the prisoners that were to appear before the court, passed over this bridge, and it was their last chance to see the lagoon from the 3 windows and to sigh for their lost liberty.

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by tafurojo Written Dec 28, 2003

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    Ponte de Sospiri or "Bridge of Sighs" was built in 1600 to connect the Doge's prisons to the main palace. The bridge's name was inspired by Loyd Byron who made it popular by claiming you could hear the sighs of inmates being led through to the executioner. This is not really what happened since they stopped doing executions long after this bridge was built and the cells inside the prison were really only housed by small time criminals.

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    Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated May 22, 2006

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    The Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) is one of the most nice place of Venice. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace.
    The bridge was built in the 16th century and only given the name Bridge of Sighs in the 19th century, by Lord Byron. The name 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.

    Address: Rio di Palazzo

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    Ponte di sospiri ( bridge of sighs and shame )

    by hundwalder Updated Jul 30, 2006

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    I call it the bridge of shame and injustice. This 400 year old bridge connects the Palazzo Ducale with the dungeons on the other side of the small canal. Accused criminals received a fair trial ( and hippos can fly ) in the palace of the Doges and then were immediately hustled across this bridge into the dungeons or the gallows. In many cases when they looked out of the disgustingly ornate windows it was their last glimpse of anything other than dungeon walls.

    Notice the intricate designs on and of the bridge and its superb craftsmanship. Who were they trying to impress ? It made me wonder how many of the hapless petty criminals who were herded across this bridge of shame had earlier put so much effort into building either it or the palace of vanity connected to it. I enjoyed seeing the great architecture of Venice, and while doing so, thought of the craftsmen who created it, and not those whose vanity it was built to inflate.

    Give this tip a bad rating if you find it offensive. Sorry but I need to vent off steam somewhere.

    Address: behind the Doges Palace

    Directions: Piazza San Marco

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    Ponte dei Sospiri

    by nighthawk Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    Ah well, I wasn t looking for it all but accidently stumbled upon it when my kid wandered off to the other end of the street.

    Often photographed and written about, I felt I could do without this bridge .. however, despite knowing this view on the bridge what most have, it s nice enough to be put on here.

    A bit gloomy and run down, and the always present gondala at the bottom, it is Venice as I experienced it....

    The Bridge of Sighs got it's name in the 17th century. The prisoners passing through from the place of sentencing to the prison cells would probably see Venice for the last time through the windows of this bridge....not a bad view tho on the Canal Grande...

    However still wanting to visit again one day!

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    Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)

    by SFHulaGIrl Written Oct 5, 2003

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    Named the Bridge of Sighs because when prisoners were led from the Palazzo Ducale to the cells of the Palazzo dei Prigioni, they let out a sigh as they crossed over the bridge -- seeing their last bit of daylight. The most famous prisoner, Casanova, is said to have escaped.

    Directions: San Marco

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    the bridge of Sighs

    by paragianna75 Written Apr 19, 2007

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    Venice has over than 400 bridges.One of them, maybe the most famous one is the bridge of Sighs that conects the Doges Palace with the prison.It took its name from the sighs of the politicians that were convicted by the council of Ten and were passing the bridge to go to the prison cells.

    Directions: its easy to see next to the Doges Palace

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