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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  • It’s famous. You kind of have to see it but it’s a small bridge and compared to so many other amazing things to see here it’s no big deal. We found it by accident because of the hounds who were... 
    It’s famous. You kind of have to see it but it’s a small bridge and compared to so many other amazing things to see here it’s no big deal. We found it by accident because of the hounds who were...  more »
  • We took a gondola which took a route under the bridge, this was unexpected but really appreciated! The bridge is beautiful and made it much easier to get a photo. 
    We took a gondola which took a route under the bridge, this was unexpected but really appreciated! The bridge is beautiful and made it much easier to get a photo.  more »
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  • Very famous, but very small bridge. This bridge is so short and small, if you visit Venice for the first time, you may not even find it. However, what matters is the history related to it and the sad and mysterious stories associated with it. The surrounding areas next to the bridge was very fun and exciting! You can visit the Duke's Palace, riding or watching the gondolas and enjoying the ocean view of the San Mark's Square, or even do some shopping, have some coffee and listen to the music. When I visited this bridge at night time, I was sitting on those shining and smooth bench next to it, I felt that every moment was so precious, since I don't even know how many people have been passing by or sitting on the same spot before, from all over the world!
  • You could sense the anguish well worth a visit

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