Trip Planner: Europe / Italy / Veneto / Province of Venice / City of Venice / Venice / Ponte dei Sospiri
An enclosed bridge over the Rio di Palazzo, Ponte dei Sospiri connects the new prison with the doge's Palace. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the view from the bridge was the last time condemned convicts saw Venice. Lord Byron wrote that the criminals would sigh at their last sight of the city. However, Lord Byron exercised a bit of literary license; the grating on the bridge openings would have made it difficult for the convicts to see anything. A more modern legend has it that lovers will be granted eternal bliss if they kiss on a gondola under the bridge at sunset while the bells of St. Mark's Cathedral toll. This served as a plotline for the film "A Little Romance." Using our world travel planner, Venice attractions like Ponte dei Sospiri can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Tours To Ponte dei Sospiri
Venice Skip the Line St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace Private Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $173
Duration: 2 hours
Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $98
Duration: 4 hours
Ponte dei Sospiri Reviews
This famous bridge in Venice is located and crossed in the Doge's palace. Nice to photograph from both outside and inside. more »
The Bridge of Sighs, known as the Ponte dei Sospiri, is one of the most famous Bridges not just in Venice but in the world. It’s said that if a couple in a gondola kisses as they pass under the... more »
It looks very nice (preferably from outside), it is surely one of the symbols of Venice, present on dozens of postcards, photos and calendars. Slightly hidden behind the building, it can be visited during sightseeing of the Doge's Palace, and can be viewed - the best way - from the marina. Lots of tourists try to capture him (and of course himself) in the pictures taken from the side of lagoon.
Crossing this bridge is part of a visit to the Doge's palace. The bridge is a fully enclosed dark passageway with just two small windows on each side, through which prisoners would supposedly take a last look at Venice and freedom and, well, sigh. The inside is like a subway tunnel but it is an experience and it is part of an interesting museum. However, if history, period weaponry/armour and other artifacts, stunningly ornated rooms, a stunning courtyard and a dank prison are not your thing then just appreciate it from the outside.
Plan your trip to Venice
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
See all ›
Hidden gems in Venice
Side trips from Venice
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Venice
Plans to Ponte dei Sospiri by other users
30 days in Italy BY A USER FROM BANGLADESH August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Italy BY A USER FROM BRAZIL October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Italy BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Italy BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium