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.