The Venice icon is beautiful. View it from the distance or from inside as part of a visit to the Doge’s Palace.
The Bridge of Sighs connects the Doges'Palace to the New Prisons. Owes its name to the Britis poet Lord Byron. Inside it has a double corridor and no frills. The outside is more attractive, with its elegant White stine decoration and the pierced windows. Prisoners, Byron imagines, sighed while crossign the Bridge, looking outside for a moment, while being brough from cell to court, or back to jail after investigation or torture...
I was fortunate enough to go intocthenbridge of sighs. The bridge is much more beautiful from the outside.
Celebrated by the great French novelist Alexandre Dumas, this bridge witnessed the love story of two young people as their meeting place and the story, though romantic, ended tragically. It is no surprise since the Greek era that love stories are often tragical. Later on in the Renaissance time, Shakespeare and Racine (and Coeneille) brought back these stories to the scene and plays like Le Cid or Romeo and Juliet are until today masterpieces. So, why not have an idyll and play the role (or live ) a love story. It will be a landmark in your life.
Most people see the Bridge of Sighs from the exterior, as connecting the Doge's Palace to its adjacent prison. A more insightful experience is to take a tour inside Palazzo Ducale that takes you through the Secret Passageways and through the bridge where you can stop and admire Venice from the other side, as seen through the cracks of the bridge. I took a VIP Access Secret Passages: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tour with Walks of Italy that I highly recommend which allowed me to spend extra time on the bridge, as well as see the cavernous cells where the Venetian wrongdoers were held - one of which incarcerated the infamous Casanova that managed to escape.
Beautiful bridge between the 'court house' and the jail.
"I stood in Venice on the Bridge of Sighs,A palace and a prison on each hand." - Lord ByronThe bridge was given its name by Lord Byron in the 19 century. The idea being that the view from the bridge was the last site of Venice that prisoners would see before being condemned to their fates.
Bridge of Sighs is great place 2 go and see how beautiful it is :)))))))))