A stroll along the enchanting bridges of Venice
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A walk through romantic canals to discover Venice’s countless bridges

Bridge of Sighs
View of the Bridge of Sights (by Ilia Bronskiy)

View of the Bridge of Sights (by Ilia Bronskiy)

The Bridge of Sighs is built of Istrian stone, Baroque style, and was designed in the early 17th century by architect Antonio Contin, son of Bernardino Contin and grandson of Antonio Da Ponte. The construction was ordered by Doge Marino Grimani, whose coat of arms is carved there. This characteristic Venetian bridge, located a short distance from St. Mark’s Square, spans the Rio of the Palace, connecting, with a double passage, the Doge’s Palace to the New Prisons. It served as a passageway bringing inmates from the prisons to the offices of the State Inquisitors. It was given this name because tradition has it that, in the days of the Serenissima, prisoners crossing it sighed at the prospect of seeing the outside world for the last time. The appellation “Bridge of Sighs” is attested as early as the late 18th century.


1. Bridge of the Nail

2. Bridge of the Spires

3. Three Arches Bridge

4. The Bridge of the Barefooters

5. Constitution Bridge

6. Bridge of Fists

7. Academy Bridge

8. Straw Bridge

9. Bridge of Sighs

10. Rialto Bridge

11. Poste Vecie