With its hidden squares and its sublime architecture, this Italian city is like no other. Beautiful, gentle, magical, and lilting, there’s much to love about this place.
But, even in amongst the wonderful architecture and the excellent wine bars, there is one part of Venice that still manages to stand out: the Bridge of Sighs. Known as a place of sadness, and of love too, here’s the Avventure Bellisime guide to the Bridge of Sighs, a stunning Venetian landmark.
Designed by Antonio Contino at the start of the 17th century, the Bridge of Sighs spans the Rio Di Palazzo (Palace River). Its original purpose was to connect the Old Prison and the Doge Palace interrogation rooms, with the New Prison directly across the river. It’s an enclosed construction, white on the outside with small windows.
There are two main backstories for how the bridge got its name. One suggests that condemned prisoners, whilst crossing the river, would gaze wistfully out into Venice and sigh at the thought of never seeing the outside world again.
Another theory is a touch more romantic, and it goes that if a couple travelling on a gondola kisses under the bridge at sunset, they’ll find eternal love together. The sighs in this story come from the lovers, overcome by the romance of the bridge, Venice, and their love for each other.
Both of these stories show that Venice creates an atmosphere of wistfulness, sadness, tragedy, and love – a truly Italian concoction.
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