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  • Address: Doges Palace, Venice 30124, Italy
  • Hours: Open Summer 9am - 7pm (until 6pm in Winter)
  • Admission: € 13 for a Piazza San Marco museums pass

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Bridge of Sighs

Built in 1602, the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) connected the interrogation rooms in the Doges Palace with the prison cells. It got its name from the fact that prisoners passing across it sighed for their lost freedom and their final view of Venice through the barred windows. The prison cells were small, dank and often a final stop before death. You can see them on a tour of the Palazzo Ducale (Doges Palace).

Designed by Antoni Contino whose uncle designed the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs is covered-in, with bars on the windows, made of white limestone. From the outside it is lovely, from the inside not so pretty.

Practical Info

Walk out of Piazza San Marco along the Riva (waterfront). As you reach the corner of the Palazzo Ducale and the first bridge look up the narrow canal to your left and there it is: the Bridge of Sighs. Vaporetto stop: S. Marco/Vallaresso.

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Small-Group Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, Venice, null
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Small-Group Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

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If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take a ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour, Venice, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

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Skip the lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace in Venice and uncover its highlights and secrets on a 2-hour tour. Walk right past the main entrance queues with ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Doge's Palace Guided Visit and Secret Venice Walking Tour, Venice, Half-day Tours
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Doge's Palace Guided Visit and Secret Venice Walking Tour

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Discover a more intimate side of Venice on a combined 3-hour itinerary which includes a guided visit of the Doge’s Palace and a walking tour around the Rialto ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Venice Full-day Tour from Lake Garda, Lake Garda, Walking Tours
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Venice Full-day Tour from Lake Garda

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Enjoy an 11-hour guided tour to discover Venice, the most romantic city in the world, from Lake Garda. Sightsee with a tour escort through the heart of Venice. ...  Read more

Location: Garda, Italy
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.13
A Day in Venice: Small Group Tour by Minivan from Florence, Florence, Full-day Tours
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A Day in Venice: Small Group Tour by Minivan from Florence

Be part of the waterways dream that reflect elegant palaces with Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance façades, small and delicate bridges, magnificent ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $282.13
Day Trip to Venice by Bus from Siena, Siena, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Venice by Bus from Siena

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Visit one of the most unique and romantic places in the world, made up of 118 islands and connected by over 350 bridges, the city of Venice. This 16-hour ...  Read more

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

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Day Trip to Venice by Bus from San Gimignano, Tuscany, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Venice by Bus from San Gimignano

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Location: San Gimignano, Italy
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour, Venice, Day Trips
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

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See the best of Doge's Palace in Venice on a 1.25-hour skip-the-line tour! With a priority-access ticket, you won't waste time standing in line. Walk right ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 85 minutes (approx.)

From USD $67.28
Riveting Rulers: Doge's Palace Guided Tour Venice, Venice, Cultural Tours
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Riveting Rulers: Doge's Palace Guided Tour Venice

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The splendour and the spectacle of the Doges, the curious and shrewd leaders of Venice for more than a millennium. Led by one of Venice’s greatest ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.58
Venice Guided Sightseeing Private Tour for Kids and Families, Venice, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Venice Guided Sightseeing Private Tour for Kids and Families

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Looking for a family-friendly tour in one of the most unique cities in the world? This child-centered and completely private 3-hour walking tour of Venice is ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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