Posted by: Author | September 7, 2012

Friday Facts- September 7, 2012- Bridge of Sighs

Today’s Friday fact is brought to you by the hero of my new work in progress as he’s a Venetian water taxi driver.

The Bridge of Sighs is in Venice Italy and it spans the Rio di Palazzo (river of the palace). It connects the Doge’s Palace interrogation room to the prison cells. It was built in the 1600s.

Lord Byron named it the Bridge of Sighs when he was in Venice because he said the prisoners of the inquisition who were headed to their execution would be able to look out at the city of Venice one more time and sigh at its beauty. He was such a romantic. By the time the bridge was constructed, the inqusition and the summary exections were over, but it is a lovely name for an amazingly beautiful bridge.

Sadly, I didn’t get to see it in all its glory as it was under repair while I was there. The Italian authorities were kind enough to leave one side exposed, though for us tourists to enjoy.

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Responses

  1. It is definitely sigh worthy. Throw in the gondola and with the Italian man driving it and there would be much sighing.

  2. Some of that old architecture is so beautiful. You’re lucky to have seen it.

  3. While I’m glad I’m on the outside instead of the inside of this bridge, I love the name of it. It’s beautiful and I’m glad to hear they are restoring it.

    • Yeah. Inside is okay but not as a prisoner. Lol.

  4. This is a place I’d love to visit.


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