The Bridge of Sighs is among the top popular spots for tourists visiting romantic Venice in Italy. It was designed by Antonio Contino in Baroque style. In shape the Bridge of Sighs is an arch. They started to build it in 1600 and opened in 1602.
The purpose of constructing the bridge was to connect old prison and the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. After the court announced the sentence the imprisoned were taken to the prison, this is why one of the bridges in Venice has a roof and walls.
They say the bridge got its name due to the fact that prisoners, who were going to the execution, were passing this bridge with sighs, taking the last breaths of freedom.
Though there is a more positive story about this beautiful place – if a couple stops to kiss under the Bridge of Sighs during the sunset in gondola, their love will live for ever.