doges palace

romantic mythology

the bridge of sighs - ponte dei sospiri

. . it appears that this bridge does not deserve its grim reputation: which is mostly the brainchild of the poet byron, whose imagination ran away with him.
Venice took little part in the reactionary zeal of the counter-reformation, which earned her the constant displeasure of the vatican

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Bridge of Sighs | Ian Cameron | Venice, Italy 

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In the 19th century, Lord Bryon gave the Bridge of Sighs its name, from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their last view of Venice before being locked in their cells. Made of white limestone, the bridge passes over Rio di Palazzo and connects the Prigioni Nuove to the interrogation rooms at the Doge’s Palace. Designed by Antonio Contino, it was built in the 1600s. 

How Venice Looked to Victorian Travelers c1890

St. Mark’s Church and the clock


The Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge

Pigeons in St. Mark’s Place

The Golden House

Piazzetta and San Georgio by moonlight

Piazaetta and columns of San Marco

Doges’ Palace

Concert in St. Mark’s Place

How Venice Looked to Victorian Travelers c1890

The New Prison across the side canal, which is connected to the palace by the Bridge of Sighs. From the bridge you’ll be greeted with views of San Giorgio Maggiore in the distance; a view that prisoners enroute to their cells would have ‘sighed’ over. See more at:


Giants’ Staircase da John McCabe
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Doge’s Palace, San Marco, Venice, Italy