The prison was originally inside the Doge’s Palace in Venice in the wells, where it was suffocating and pest-ridden, and in the Piombi, under the palazzo’s conductive roof, where it was extremely hot in the summertime and freezing in the winter.
Nowadays, when you pay a visit to Venice, you will notice that the prison of the Ducale Palace is now connected to the palace by the bridge also known as the “Bridge of Sighs”.
The first bridge on the tourist attraction, the Grand Canal of Venice that was built was a pontoon bridge known as Ponte della Moneta, which was built in the late 12th century.
It was replaced by a wooden bridge in the mid-13th century due to increased traffic because of the booming trade industry. However, this bridge also collapsed several times. Finally in the late 16th century a stone bridge (the one that is there nowadays) was built known as the Rialto Bridge.
From 1797 to 1886, when the city of Venice kept being subjected to different rules, the Ducale Palace became housed several administrative and political offices and even the Marciana Library, which is an important landmark of the city.
There are two monumental granite column pillars in St Mark’s Square, and on top of one of these columns lies the Lion of Venice, the city’s symbol.
It dates back to 300 BC, however it was brought to Venice in the 12th century.