Bridge of Sighs : Michelin's recommendations
The condemned crossed this bridge after having been judged and condemned in the ducal palace, to get to the prisons where they would languish for years and years. As they walked there, they would notice the sky, the lagoon, the sea, a last glimpse of freedom, upon which they would sigh hopelessly, thus giving this bridge its name. This arched bridge made with stone from Istria was built over rio di Palazzo as ordered by the doge at the time, Marino Grimani (1595-1605) whose coat of arms it bears. It is probably the best known sight of Venice, which might make it slightly hard to get a glimpse of, as crowds of tourists armed with cameras and portable phones ringing incessantly flock there to see it. The dense crowds will pile onto the tiny bridges at the moth of the rio and upriver that enable you to see it! Unless, the more affluent among you take a gondola that comes with singer and accordion player: the sighs will then be the tremor of the sentimental - more or less Italian - songs sung by your travel partners... Finally, you will be able to follow the path of the condemned of another time as you visit the Palace of the Doges, where you will discover the two narrow passages of the bridge before visiting the sinister prisons!
- Address : Rio di Palazzo I - 30124 Venezia30124Venezia
- Prices : free of charge
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