There are several “Bridges of Sighs” all over the world. The one in Venice is, however, the original one after which the other ones (e.g. in Cambridge and Oxford) are named. It was built in 1600 in Baroque style and nowadays is one of the most visited places in Venice.
The locals say that it got its name because it was located between the interrogations rooms of the Doge’s Palace and the New Prison. The convicts would sigh crossing the bridge as they saw the city of Venice one last time before being imprisoned for the rest of their lives.
The expression got popularised by Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, where he uses the phrase “Bridge of Sighs” when talking about Venice.
Due to the popularity of the place, there are always many tourists taking pictures of the bridge and the place gets crowded very often.
The bridge is accessible only from the Doge's Palace.
The bridge itself is accessible only from the Doge's Palace.
Address Riva dei Schiavoni, 30122 Venice, Italy
Coordinates 45°26'2.615" N 12°20'27.099" E