Some legends say that the Ponte dei Sospiri was called the Bridge of Sighs because it was a rendezvous for lovers; however, t... More
Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)
Some legends say that the Ponte dei Sospiri was called the Bridge of Sighs because it was a rendezvous for lovers; however, the truth tells a much sadder tale. The bridge, in fact was built to convey magistrates to the courts and prisoners to their fates. However, the Baroque bridge, designed by Antonio Contino, still has a very romantic air to it, and remains an important historical landmark in Venice today.
Reviews for Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs): 3
Bridge of History
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 07/06/2005
The only fully covered bridge in Venice. You can take a tour and see this in person, but I saw it from a gondola ride underneath it. Fascinating! Our gondola driver/guide told us about it. It was a bridge that use to lead to a prison. The last look out to the world for many of the prisoners was through the windows in this bridge. Then many would serve life sentences. Lots of history! It is by St marks Square area and Harry's Pub too.
It's one of those little architectural details that make you feel the place you're visiting. Opposite to it is the shore that faces the third venecian island, so not only the bridge is nice, but the whole context.