The Ponte dei Sospiri.  One of the great cliché images of Venice.

Call me a cynic, but I don’t get it.  It’s a small white passageway between a prison and an interrogation room.  How romantic!  As a structure its enclosed design is far from unique; you only need to google Bridge of Sighs to discover how many there are.  In the UK both of the great universities at Oxford and Cambridge boast such a feature.

Byron is apparently responsible for its name; the thought that prisoners would sigh at their last view of Venice is a fanciful one to say the least.  It does however evoke a similar response from me; resignation at having to fight through the throng gathered on the parallel bridge to take turns at having a portrait with the bridge behind them.  I crouched down and shot this through the balustrade then moved on.

Ponte dei Sospiri
Ponte dei Sospiri

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