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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. 

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