The Bridge of Sighs or Ponte dei Sospiri is the second most famous of Venice’s bridges - a close runner-up to the Rialto Bridge. Of the two bridges this is of more recent construction, its name is tinged with sadness and it is an essential stop for the romantic looking to find eternal love in Venice...
Legend has it that the bridge was given its name because it offered condemned prisoners their last view of beautiful Venice before being executed.
Nice story but apparently not true and the name was thanks to the poetic imaginings of Lord Byron in the 19th century.
Beautiful from outside it may be but inside it's a grim and damp place. It makes it very easy to imagine the legend being true.
The bridge dates back to the year 1600 and by any standard this is a fabulous bridge.
Viewing the bridge from the outside is not the easiest thing to do. There is little space to see the bridge well and if you are in Venice during July or August you might have a bit of a struggle.
The best view, if you can overcome the crowds, is from the next bridge down wcalled the Ponte della Paglia.
Are you of romantic persuasion and intend to keep the one you love for evermore? Then get to this bridge as soon as you can!
It is whispered by locals that all you need to do is kiss in a gondola under the bridge at sunset and you will be assured of eternal love.
Not many tourists know this and it is kept quiet in order to avoid a crush of tourists each sunset. I can't promise anything but I tried it nineteen years ago and I am still happily married. No risk in trying is there?
Can you walk across the Bridge of Sighs?
Yes, visitors can walk across the Bridge of Sighs as part of a tour of the Doge's Palace. The bridge offers a captivating view of the city, and its small, enclosed windows add to the mystique of this historical passageway.
Is there a best time to visit the Bridge of Sighs?
To fully appreciate the Bridge of Sighs without the hustle and bustle of crowds, it is advisable to visit during the early morning or late afternoon. This allows for a more intimate experience and an opportunity to soak in the bridge's historical significance.
Is there a fee to cross the Bridge of Sighs?
While there isn't a separate fee to cross the bridge, admission to the Doge's Palace, which includes access to the Bridge of Sighs, does require a ticket. The ticket price covers various areas of the palace, providing a comprehensive historical experience.