Antonio Contino designed and built the Bridge of Sighs in 1600. Though highly ornamental, built of white limestone with lattice-like screens covering two small rectangular windows, the footbridge served a very practical purpose. It was used to lead prisoners from the examining rooms to their cells in the Prigioni.
Legend has it that prisoners who crossed the bridge on the way to their prison cells or the execution chamber would sigh as they caught their last glimpses of Venice through the tiny windows. The bridge and its unforgettable name became particularly famous after Romantic poet Lord Byron referenced it in his 1812 book "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage": "I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs; a palace and a prison on each hand." #brigdeofsighs#venice#veniceitaly🇮🇹 #italy2018#gondolaride
More fun in Florence! Lunch in front of the beautiful Duomo, rolling down the Arno river in our Gondola, The Birth of Venus painting, where we saw original work of Da Vinci, and to top it off the filming of 6 Underground directed by Michael Bay, starring Ryan Reynolds & Dave Franco!!! Ahhh! #6undergroundmovie#gondolaride#winestagram#winedrunk🍷