Smaller in size than the Rialto Bridge but equally famous, the enclosed Bridge of Sights (Ponte dei Sospiri) used to connect the prisons of the Venetian period with the interrogation rooms inside the Doge’s Palace, crossing the Palace River (Rio d’ Palazzo).

It was built in the 16th century in the Italian renaissance style. Its name most probably comes from the prisoners, who would sigh while crossing the bridge to their cells or executions. A more romantic etymology suggests that it’s the sighs of the couples, which will stay together forever if they kiss under the Bridge of Sighs as the sun sets.