A favorite muse of poets and writers over the centuries, the “City of Canals” built on water is also known as the “City of Bridges.”
But who knew more than 400 bridges link Venice’s calle (streets), campi (squares) and canals?
Having gotten lost countless times wandering all over Venice, we’ve probably set foot upon many of them.
Bridges of Venice – more than 400!
Perhaps the most poignant bridge is the Bridge of Sighs.
Named by Lord Byron, it links the Doge’s Palace with the prisons. As prisoners in days gone by crossed the bridge on their way to their cell or execution, they’d look out the small bridge windows at Venice for one last time – and let out a forlorn sigh.
Other bridges of Venice are less well-known. Last year, a photographer walked across and photographed 100 less-seen bridges in just over 14 hours.
Traveling under the bridges?
Well, that’s famously done in a gondola.
And looking up from your gondolier in the water, your view of the city changes.
In the words of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow…
“… White phantom city, whose untrodden streets are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting shadows of the palaces and strips of sky.”