The Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri) is a bridge in Venice, northern Italy . The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antoni Contino (whose uncle Antonio da Ponte had designed the Rialto Bridge), and built in 1602.
The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice out the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals. In addition, little could be seen from inside the Bridge due to the stone grills covering the windows.
A local legend says that lovers will be granted everlasting love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the bridge and be in love and happily married to a blissful husband or wife for the rest of your life.
The Bridge of Sighs, Venice Gondoliers and Gondolas, are beautifully displayed in lovely detail in this wonderful 3-D souvenir wall plaque.
Handmade and hand painted in Italy, this delightful wall plaque is meticulously detailed, and made with the highest quality materials and workmanship.
This very special Sicily wall plaque is a memorable keepsake and is an exceptional gift from Italy for yourself or a loved one!
Free Souvenir postcard included with this special gift from Italy.
Ceramic Venice Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), Venice Gondolier - Gondola Wall Plaque is 9” x 6".