The bridge crossing the River Palace was named Bridge of Sighs in the nineteenth century, as it connects the Doges prison and interrogation room. It is rumored that prisoners looked at the beauty of Venice for the last time through the window here before being sentenced to execution or torture. In fact, prisoners were imprisoned for minor infractions only. Another legend says that lovers who kiss under the bridge will be part of everlasting love.
The bridge was built on the basis of the project of the architect Antonio Contino di Bernardinom the nephew of Antonio da Ponte, the designer of Ponte di Rialto. Built between 1630 and 1600s, the bridge features the emblem of Doge Marino Grimani, who came up with the construction idea.
By Maria Morari
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