Although named after the sighs of prisoners, it's now the symbol of lovers.
Perhaps the second most famous sight of Venice is the nearby marble-encased Bridge of Sighs, which linked Europe's first state prison to the palace. Suspended high over a shadowy canal, the Ponte dei Sospiri was built in 1614 and later named after imagined sighs of prisoners who, through the tiny windows, supposedly glimpsed their last view of the city. Today, it is a symbol of romance as people walking the bridge can catch glimpses of serene gondola rides. It is believed that passing under this bridge will ensure a couple's love lasts for an eternity.