Bridge of Sighs Tours

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As poignant as it is beautiful, Venice’s 17th-century, white-limestone Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) spans the narrow Rio di Palazzo canal between the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the New Prisons just opposite. It’s one of the most famous bridges in the Floating City. 

The Basics
The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most photographed sights in Venice. Its ornate stonework design was created in 1603 by Antonio Contino, nephew of the architect who designed the Rialto Bridge. The structure got its name from the tale that asserts convicts who passed through the covered bridge from their interrogation to their prison cell would let out mournful sighs when catching their final glimpse of Venice through the barred windows. You can sigh over this same view while walking over the bridge during a tour of the Doge's Palace, the only way to make the crossing.

Both the palace and St. Mark's Basilica host millions of visitors each year, so it is important to book a guided tour for skip-the-line access, saving hours of time in long lines. Joining a small-group walking tour is an excellent way to see the highlights in and around St. Mark's Square, accompanied by a tour guide who can explain this fascinating city's history and architecture.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bridge of Sighs is most striking as seen from the outside. From St. Mark's Square, walk around the corner of Doge’s Palace along the Grand Canal; as you cross the first bridge, look to your left. Otherwise, for a more romantic (and less crowded) view, take a gondola ride under the iconic bridge.
  • For an even deeper dive into the political history of the Republic of Venice, consider an official Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries tour, which includes visits to some of the historic governmental halls deep inside the palace.  
  • Large backpacks, bags, and umbrellas are not allowed inside; there is a free cloakroom near the palace entrance.
  • Parts of Doge’s Palace, including the Secret Itineraries route and Bridge of Sighs, are not wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
S. Zaccaria is the closest vaporetto stop to Piazza San Marco. Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Italy and well-connected by train to Rome, Florence, and Milan.

When to Get There
Doge's Palace is among the most visited sights in Venice and can get unpleasantly full of tourists during the peak midday hours. Booking a skip-the-line tour is imperative during the months of April through October and also recommended even during winter , the least crowded time to visit.

Lord Byron and the Bridges of Sighs
Much of the Bridge of Sighs’ fame is due to poet Lord Byron (1788–1824), who mentioned it in his long narrative poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
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Address: Doges Palace, Venice 30124, Italy
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Hours: Open Summer 9am - 7pm (until 6pm in Winter)
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

Delve into Venetian history on a 3-hour tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy entrance access to your first stop: legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
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Skip the Line: St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace Private Tour

Experience the grandeur and history of Venice on this private tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Admire the shimmering mosaics and golden altars of the city’s most famous cathedral, and see masterpieces by Titian and Tintoretto as you wander through the lavish chambers of the Venetian Republic’s one-time rulers. Skip the long lines at both attractions with priority access, so you don't waste a minute of precious vacation time.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

Experience the magnificence and mystery of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this skip-the-line ticket. Head to the front of the queue with your guide, and then wander through the palace’s ornate public rooms as you learn the history of Venice’s powerful rulers. Admire magnificent interior artwork, including Renaissance masterpieces by painters Tintoretto and Veronese. Explore the palace’s darker side with a visit to the prison quarters and a walk across the notorious Bridge of Sighs.
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Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square Museums Skip-the-Line Tour in Venice

Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace in Venice without having to wait in line on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and a guided tour of Doge’s Palace, explore the palaces and museums of St. Mark’s Square at your own pace, then enjoy an optional cruise to visit a glass factory on Murano Island.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tour of Venice from St.Mark's Square

Get to know Venice on street (and canal) level on this half-day walking tour, originating at St. Mark's Square. With a guide, stop by highlights such as the Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, the Doge's Palace, and the Basilica of St. Mark's while listening to engaging commentary on Venice's history. Skip-the-line entrance to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour in Venice

Tick off two of Venice’s most popular attractions without having to wait in line on this half-day tour. Marvel at the monuments of St. Mark’s Square, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the magnificent Doge’s Palace, then visit St. Mark’s Basilica, the Golden Basilica. Also included is an optional cruise to visit a glass factory on Murano Island.
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Venice Combo Tour: Doge's Palace, Gondola, and St. Mark's Square Museum Ticket

Explore Venice’s grandest attractions by land and water all in one afternoon on this great-value combo tour. Step inside the opulent former seat of the mighty Venetian Republic on a skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace, and then discover the island’s hidden historic treasures on a guided walk along winding streets and canals. Glide through these famous waterways on a classic Venetian gondola ride, and then explore a trio of museums in St. Mark’s Square at your leisure with an included ticket.
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
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Private Venice Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

The winding streets and waterside alleys of Venice lend themselves well to walking tours. Get an intimate glimpse into the Floating City on a small-group walking and gondola tour that provides the perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Limited to 12 people, this tour promises personalized attention from your guide and reveals parts of Venice that you may have missed if exploring on your own. Plus, you can choose from several departure times throughout the day.
  • Duration: 30 to 120 mins
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Venice Shore Excursion: Private Tour and Gondola Ride

When planning a cruise stop in Venice, spend an unforgettable day in one of the world’s most romantic maritime cities with a private shore excursion. After meeting a local tour escort at the cruise terminal, travel in a private boat to the political and cultural heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Skip the long entrance queues with priority access to spectacular St Mark’s Basilica and the Gothic Doge’s Palace, and then enjoy a quintessential Venetian experience with a private 30-minute gondola ride through the city’s famed canals.
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30-Minute Proposal Gondola Ride in Venice with Hotel Pickup

Surprise the love of your life with a proposal in the romantic city of Venice. Planning how to propose in a foreign city can be a stressful experience, but you won’t have to worry about getting logistics right as everything will be taken care of for you—from hotel pickup to a private gondola ride, a rose, and even a bottle of Prosecco to share. You’ll pass the Grand Canal and see many of Venice's most scenic sites on this unforgettable tour.
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

Visit two of the most popular attractions in Venice with this skip-the-line guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica.
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Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

View two highlights of St. Mark’s Square in Venice without waiting in the main entrance lines on this 2-hour walking tour. Bypass the ticket lines at the Doge’s Palace to see its gilded rooms, and cross the Bridge of Sighs to the prison building as you learn about the 1,000-year history of Venice’s republic. Then, tour St. Mark’s Basilica to admire the mosaics and treasures of this Byzantine masterpiece. Admission fees included.
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Venice City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience romantic Venice as you cruise around the city’s waterways on a hop-on hop-off boat tour. Choose from a 24- or 48-hour pass and glide down the scenic canals past landmarks like the Bridge of Sighs and Palazzo Rezzonico. Enjoy unlimited boat rides and jump off to explore lively Piazza San Marco, discover the glass-making heritage of Murano Island or cool off at the Lido beaches.
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Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour for Kids and Families

Venice is full of historic landmarks and romantic views, but it can be a challenge to get younger children excited about sightseeing. This private 2.5-hour tour is specially designed for families, so you can visit sights such as Campo San Bartolomeo, the Marco Polo house, and the Bridge of Sighs, and keep the kids amused with entertaining commentary and fun activities.
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Venice Private Tour

Explore top landmarks in Venice with a private guide during this half-day tour. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and visit city highlights including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and Doge’s Palace. See a glass-blowing demonstration in Murano and climb aboard a gondola for a private ride.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

See two of Venice’s most iconic attractions and save 10% when you book them together with this Super Saver. Head to the front of the long queues with skip-the-line access to the famed Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. Learn the history behind these architectural wonders from your local guide, and explore some of Venice’s lesser-known sights on a walking tour. Complete both tours in the same day with a 3-hour break in between to spend at your leisure.
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Venice Guided Sightseeing Private Tour for Kids and Families

Learn about Venice's history and culture on this kid-friendly private tour. Over the course of 3 hours in the canal-filled city, avoid long lines and dry historical commentary. Walk over the Rialto Bridge, see the Marco Polo House, view art at Campo San Bartolomeo and stroll through bustling local marketplaces. This private tour is totally customizable and ensures personalized attention for your family.
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Independent Venice Tour from Rome by High-Speed Train

Make the most of your time in Italy, and visit Venice on an independent day trip from Rome. See the city’s canals, architecture, and landmarks, part of a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This 14-hour Venice trip includes everything you need for a day of exploring, including round-trip train tickets, tickets to the Basilica di San Marco, and all-day passes to use Venice’s vaporetto ferries.
  • Duration: 12 to 14 hours
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

Get exclusive, skip-the-line access to the very best of Venice on a private, 6-hour walking and gondola tour of the city. Learn about Venetian art and culture as you trace a route from Piazza San Marco to the elaborate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Discover the remarkable architecture and history of the Basilica San Marco, and continue through a series of churches, landmarks and picture-perfect highlights. Finish the day in true Venice style with a private gondola ride through the iconic canals of Venice.
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Private Tour: Venice Day Trip from Florence

Discover the beautiful bridges and canals of Venice on a private day trip departing from Florence. Travel past the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Square and famous Ducal Palace on a 2-hour walking tour, hearing the rich history of the city from your private guide. Then enjoy free time to explore on your own, visiting the islands of Murano and Burano or taking a scenic gondola ride. This tour can be customized to your own special interests, and will conclude with transportation back to Florence in the evening.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

See the sights of the surreal canal city in style with a luxury motorboat tour of the Grand Canal. Marvel at the unforgettable beauty of the famous canal as you ride past sights like the Doge's Palace and Rialto Bridge with a professional driver guiding the way. Arrive at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore to climb up into the bell tower for exceptional views over the city. Small-group tour size limited to four people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Venice Castello Small Group Walking Tour

For a break from the crowds and long lines of St. Mark's Square, explore one of Venice’s quieter neighborhood on a small-group walking tour of Castello. Watch scenes of daily Venetian life unfold against a backdrop of footbridges, bookshops, historic naval stations, and gardens. It's easy to get lost when venturing off the tourist track alone in Venice, so let a guide lead the way and reveal the Castello's many hidden charms.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Skip-the-line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Square with wine tasting

Save precious time and make the most of a visit to the Doge’s Palace in Venice with a private, skip-the-line tour that lets you bypass the long queue and head right inside the Gothic centerpiece of St. Mark's Square. Admire Renaissance masterpieces as a guide describes the political intrigue and scandals that took place inside majestic halls and the notorious palace prison. After the tour, raise a glass to Venice’s rich winemaking heritage with a tasting and appetizers at a cozy wine parlor.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Excursion to Venice from Rome

Cover the highlights of Venice in a single day during this whirlwind small-group trip from Rome. Travel comfortably in a scenic, high-speed train, and enjoy front-door hotel transfers for a VIP experience. Hit all the main attractions—from Saint Mark’s Square to the Grand Canal—with a private guide on-hand to give you enriching historical background on the UNESCO-listed city and lagoon.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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