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Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs

Open Summer 9am - 7pm (until 6pm in Winter)
Doges Palace, Venice, 30124

The Basics

The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most photographed sights in Venice. Its ornate stonework design was created in 1603 by Antonio Contino, nephew of the architect who designed the Rialto Bridge. The structure got its name from the tale that asserts convicts who passed through the covered bridge from their interrogation to their prison cell would let out mournful sighs when catching their final glimpse of Venice through the barred windows. You can sigh over this same view while walking over the bridge during a tour of the Doge's Palace, the only way to make the crossing.

Both the palace and St. Mark's Basilica host millions of visitors each year, so it is important to book a guided tour for skip-the-line access, saving hours of time in long lines. Joining a small-group walking tour is an excellent way to see the highlights in and around St. Mark's Square, accompanied by a tour guide who can explain this fascinating city's history and architecture.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Quiet Ride
Dick_S, Jul 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
Definitely need an hour long gondola ride—30 minutes wouldn’t be enough. Gondola driver didn’t say a word on the entire trip, so other than the Bridge of Sighs, we don’t know what we saw.
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Lovely experience
Sujata_R, Aug 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
Really glad we made a reservation, it was very busy in the evening! Our gondolier was great. Very nice experience.
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AMAZing!
Erez_B, Jul 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
The Gondola ride was right on time and located as indicated in the description of the reservation (in front of the hotel). Our Gondola conductor was amazing: he sang, shared some brief historical details of Venice and gave us some private time to soak it all in while enjoying our ride.
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Very nice, highly recommend
Dieter_X, Jul 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
One of those must experiences in Venice. As many said, it is really only comfortable for 2 people, thankfully the other 2 were teenagers.
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First trip to Venice
Desnee_H, Jun 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
Navigating through tiny canals with so much traffic. The silence of the quieter canals. The architectural interest.
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A definite must
Vickie_M, Jun 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
Easy to find and a great gondola driver named Christian. What a relaxing way to spend time in Venice. An absolute must!
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Sunset Memories
Joy_H, Jun 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
Lovely evening Gondola ride with a very friendly and knowledgeable Gondola driver. Learned more about the history of Gondola’s. Memorable experience.
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Beautiful and Serene
Erik_F, Jun 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
Though it seems so “touristy”, it was well worth the time and money. Don’t miss it, a fun time for all.
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Great Tour
Sonja_T, Jun 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
Our guide Alyissia was amazing 👏. She was flexible and so informative we really enjoyed it. She went out of her way to help us figure out how to get back home.
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A must do
Alex_A, Jun 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
A fantastic experience and a must do for anyone visiting Venice. Once you are in Venice however the set price for all rides is €80 for half an hour so significantly cheaper than charged here.
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Must do!
Drew_T, May 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
Excellent opportunity to go through the Grand Canal and then throughout the smaller canals of Venice. Be sure to ask about the gondola symbolism of the metal front. Fascinating and so beautiful!!
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Good experience
Manu_D, May 2022
Private Gondola Ride Danieli - Bridge of Sighs
It was a good experience taking the Gondola ride in Venice. No waiting at the counters, we got into the boat quickly. However, the punter was talking a lot to others on the street/canals which created bit of nuisance after a while. Although it was supposed to be guided tour, he hardly showed/talked about the spots en-route. Overall, Venice canals are beautiful and it’s always worth taking a gondola ride when you are there.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Bridge of Sighs is most striking as seen from the outside. From St. Mark's Square, walk around the corner of Doge’s Palace along the Grand Canal; as you cross the first bridge, look to your left. Otherwise, for a more romantic (and less crowded) view, take a gondola ride under the iconic bridge.

  • For an even deeper dive into the political history of the Republic of Venice, consider an official Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries tour, which includes visits to some of the historic governmental halls deep inside the palace.

  • Large backpacks, bags, and umbrellas are not allowed inside; there is a free cloakroom near the palace entrance.

  • Parts of Doge’s Palace, including the Secret Itineraries route and Bridge of Sighs, are not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

S. Zaccaria is the closest vaporetto stop to Piazza San Marco. Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Italy and well-connected by train to Rome, Florence, and Milan.

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When to Get There

Doge's Palace is among the most visited sights in Venice and can get unpleasantly full of tourists during the peak midday hours. Booking a skip-the-line tour is imperative during the months of April through October and also recommended even during winter , the least crowded time to visit.

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Lord Byron and the Bridges of Sighs

Much of the Bridge of Sighs’ fame is due to poet Lord Byron (1788–1824), who mentioned it in his long narrative poemChilde Harold's Pilgrimage.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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