Along with St. Mark’s Square in San Marco there is another slightly more hidden attraction which draws the crowds too – the Bridge of Sighs.
From the water you can see the bridge nestled in on the opposite side of the Doge’s Palace, an awe-inspiring building in its own right, but if you stand on the bridge as the Grand Canal turns into one of the smaller water-ways you can see the grand old bridge looking down as it swallows the gondolas passing below.
It is said that the bridge acquired its name when the new prison was built and the prisoners would walk from the old prison to the new one when starting their sentence and sigh as they saw freedom for the last time.
I paused with the crowds to take a few snaps of the bridge, but as is often the case, I spent a while longer catching an alternative view of the prison as I marveled at the almost chain-mail like bars on the windows.
We wandered past the prison and into the maze of little streets until we found a view of the bridge from behind, there we stopped for a while dangling our weary feet over the canal and watching the gondolas negotiate “rush-hour” while we enjoyed the view looking back at the bridge.
More from before : visits to “Venice” in Aug 2006 and Jul 2013.