Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri)
The name is an invention of Romantic literature; legend says that from this bridge one could hear the sighs of the condemned as they were being led to prison. Alternatively the bridge could have been named for the sighs of lovers as they pass beneath the bridge in a romantic gondola and watch the sunset. The poet Lord Byron immortalized the bridge in his writing: "I stood in Venice on the Bridge of Sighs, a palace and prison on each hand." In the classic movie A Little Romance starring Laurence Olivier the legend was created which promised eternal love to those who kissed on a gondola while passing beneath the bridge at sunset as the bells of St. Mark's were ringing.
It houses two overlapping corridors, was built at the beginning of the 17th century form a design by Antonio Contin.
Its arched profile, suspended over the water of the Palazzo Rio, composes one of the most famous scenes of the city. The bridge is adorned with sculptured faces each with a sad or angry expression.