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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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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Bridge of Sighs.....aaaagggghhhhh!

For years I never understoood this attraction but after visiting Venice and seeing it and reading about it, fascinating! It is the last view of Venice condemned prisoners saw... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For years I never understoood this attraction but after visiting Venice and seeing it and reading about it, fascinating! It is the last view of Venice condemned prisoners saw before going to the prison. Did not get to go inside but watched from bridge and read about it from Venice Book.

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Coldstream, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very busy during the day with tourist wanting a picture. The romantic theory that the prisoners all sied when crossing the bridge is false and all down to lord Byrons romantisism.

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Gdynia, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's the story of the place that makes it worth seeing. Naturally don't forget to take your partner with you ;) A must on a photo from Venice - although the place in confrontation with other attractions from Venice is not so special IMHO ;)

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I found the history of the bridge to be more impressive than the actual bridge Located just along the water front from St marks Square, it joins the Doges Palace to its attendant prison if you visit the palace, you can cross the bridge on the inside and visit some of the cells Worth including on a Venice itinerary but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The most amazing part of this bridge are the stories, we were told so many different explanations that it was like a magical spot. A must-stop only for that.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best enjoyed from the Canal below but can also be seen from the bridge at the entrance to the Grand Canal. Known as the bridge of sighs, from the noise the prisoners made as they crossed the bridge from the Doge's palace to their fate in the prison on the other side of the Canal. Legend says that if you... More 

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Ploiesti, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located in San Marco Square, Ponte dei Sospiri is a very crowded brigde,the atmosphere is fabulous. So many things to see, do and learn in Venice. A must see, definitely!

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Corby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bridge of Sighs is hauntingly beautiful and the history fascinating. A stunning bridge that is well worth looking for.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Along with so many iconic buildings and historic spots The Bridge of Sighs is one of them and it's just brilliant to stand and watch the gondolas being manoeuvred alng the Canal and try and get that perfect shot.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's one of the most famous sights in Venice and understandably the view from Ponte della Paglia does get somewhat overcrowded, so get in early. I was up one morning around 5.30am to do some photos and there were people there even then. Interestingly (and we didn't know this until we visited), a visit to the Doge's Palace will allow... More 

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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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