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Ponte dei Sospiri

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The Ponte dei Sospiri is a characteristic and famous bridge in Venice.

It is situated close to Piazza San Marco and acts as a connection between Palazzo Ducale and the antique prisons known as Piombi.

That which nowadays seems a sentimental name and gives rise to the romantic rides on a gondola for couples was, in the past, described in literature as the point in which the condemned saw the beautiful Venetian panorama for the last time before doing there time in prison. Its construction was presumably carried out between the 16th and 17th century.

Presently the Ponte dei Sospiri is one of the major attractions in Venice.


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