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Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)
NileGuide Expert Says:
The Bridge of Sighs can be photographed from the bridge along the waterfront near Piazza San Marco, but beware that many tourists push up to that bridge for their postcard perfect picture. It’s best to come very early in the morning for less struggle to get your perfect picture!
Piazza San Marco, 1, Venice, Italy
041 271 5911
Legends, passions, hopes and despair form the emotional history of the ever famous Ponte dei Sospiri, or Bridge of Sighs, a must see for every visitor to Venice. Connecting the Palazzo delle Prigioni (Palazzo of the Prisoners) and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), the Bridge of Sighs is where prisoners going from their trial and conviction in the Doge's Palace, would look across the bridge at their last glimpse of freedom before entering the prison and let out a sigh. Over the years it has gained a more hopeful out look being known as the bridge where if two lovers kiss under it, most likely in a romantic gondola, their love will last. To "walk the last walk" over the Bridge of Sighs, you will need to take a tour of the Palazzo Ducale or Palazzo delle Prigioni.