Ponte dei Sospiri, Venice

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An enclosed bridge over the Rio di Palazzo, Ponte dei Sospiri connects the new prison with the doge's Palace. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the view from the bridge was the last time condemned convicts saw Venice. Lord Byron wrote that the criminals would sigh at their last sight of the city. However, Lord Byron exercised a bit of literary license; the grating on the bridge openings would have made it difficult for the convicts to see anything. A more modern legend has it that lovers will be granted eternal bliss if they kiss on a gondola under the bridge at sunset while the bells of St. Mark's Cathedral toll. This served as a plotline for the film "A Little Romance." Using our world travel planner, Venice attractions like Ponte dei Sospiri can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • One can admire it from the outside through on another bridge just before the Ducal Palace, and inside during the visit of the Ducal Palace adjacent prison. Many people of course. A nice view at night
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  • When it speaks of Venice is spoken of its canals and bridges, and one thinks that it is sighs by the romanticism of a story, it is not so, since his name has it because it was the bridge that crossed the damned from the courts to the jail.
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  • To access the bridge you have to pay for the entrance of the Palazzo Ducale, €20. It is worth, you can see holes and l at the entrance to this included the visit to the Palace.
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  • There was just a small bridge, it wasn't too big or anything. I didn't even know this was a landmark except that I saw it marked on the map. Learning about the history of this particular part of Venice was very interesting though.
  • Supposedly, through this bridge prisoners entered the infamous "New Prison" and the last time they could see the sunlight was whilst crossing it, therefore sighing at a sight they would never be able to contemplate ever again. That's the story behind this attraction. Cool, huh?
  • Has historical value bit not much to see... also very crowded.
  • Every human being have a feeling inside how cruel he or she maybe. It reminds me that nobody wants to be called bad guy. The situation, the environment and circumstances pull them in that situation. After passing through the bridge many might have thought if a second chance is given, the life would be altogether different
  • What can you say. Brilliant but a landmark site so always busy with tourists. Go early before cruise ships dock!!!
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