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Ponte dei Sospiri e Prigione (Bridge of Sighs and Prison)


About Ponte dei Sospiri e Prigione

Basic Information:



Do you know why Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) was called on this way?

You should go and visit it and more to enter the Prison to understand!

Well I will let you know. It was called on this way because it was the last time prisoners were able to see the light before to enter in the dark and humid prison, where it was impossible to run away (but not for Casanova) and they usually died there.

In this Prison for his long list of crimes was closed also the most famous Lover of All Times - Giacomo Casanova. He was closed in the former prison in theDodge's Palace in so called Leads (Piombi). By this time the leads were directly under the roof of the palace, which was covered with slabs of lead. In winter, these slabs let the cold pass and they acted as a catalyst in the summer heat, imposing harsh conditions for inmates.

In 1755, Giacomo Casanova made the Famous Escape from the prison. Later in 1787 he published his incredible story.

The Old Prisons inside the Doge's Palace were supplemented by the New Prison that was built across the Rio di Palazzo from the palace. The New Prison was connected to the Old Prisons in the Palace by the Bridge of Sighs.


More about Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs).


Opening Hours

As the entrance is from the Doge's Palace the Opening Hours are the same also here:

From April 1 to October 31 - 9 am - 7 pm

From November 1 to March 31 - 9 am - 5 pm

Closed: New Year's Day - January 1, 1st of May, Christmas - December 25

Tips: Last admission one hour before closing.

Photography prohibited.


1, Piazza San Marco,

Venice (Venezia) Italy

? +39 (0)41 522 4951


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