View of the canal from the Bridge of Sighs
In the background, the Bridge of Sighs is visible
Piombi (The Leads in English) is a former prison in the Doge's Palace in Venice. The name of the prison refers to its position directly under the roof of the palace, which was covered with slabs of lead. In winter, these slabs let the cold pass and they acted as a conductor in the summer heat, imposing harsh conditions for inmates. The Old Prisons inside the Doge's Palace were supplemented by the New Prison, built across the Rio de Palazzo from the palace. The New Prison was connected to the Old Prisons in the Palace by the Bridge of Sighs.