Bridge of Sighs is one of many bridges in Venice, with Rialto bridge, is among the most famous of them. Venice is a city of romance, so legend has it that the bridge was named after the sighs of lovers who would kiss there for sunset. The truth is a little different and sadder. The bridge was built in the 17th century with the purpose of connecting the old prison, located in the Palazzo Ducale, and the new, just across the river. The great English romantic, Lord Byron, popularized the story on which to walk that bridge was the last view of freedom to many prisoners who were going to be executed this would sighed looking at the last time the outside world.