Located next to the Basilica di San Marco, the Doges Palace (or the Palazzo Ducale) has been the symbol of Venice's ... More
Located next to the Basilica di San Marco, the Doges Palace (or the Palazzo Ducale) has been the symbol of Venice's political life and public administration for hundreds of years. The building has been continuously evolving into its present form since 1340, even though its foundations date back to the early Middle Ages (10th Century). Considered a masterpiece of the Gothic style, it has been destroyed many times, most notably during the fire of 1106. It was rebuilt by Barbarossa in 1177 and modified over the time by the different Dogi reigning in Venice. More than a palace, the Doges Palace is an extensive infrastructure, comprising the apartments of the doge (often used as an exhibition space), the government quarters and the palace of justice. When visiting the palace, many parts are worth the detour. In the Museo dell Opera, you will see the remaining pieces of the building's medieval facades as well as a collection of sculptures dating from the 14th and 15th Centuries. Before heading towards the Doge's apartments, you will enter the magnificent courtyard. Take some time to walk alongside the Loggias to enjoy the various angles of the Palazzo. In addition to the Institutional Chambers and the Prisons, take some time to see the great collection of weapons and armaments in the Armory.
The palace it's self is beautiful, but it feels like you have already seen things that are that pretty and it starts to look the same, but if you do the secret tour you get an hour tour with ac sees to all the back rooms of the palace and you hear all these amazing story's, like the one of Casa Novas escape. You don't need to visit the palace if you just want to wonder, but I highly recommend doing the secret tour.
The Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace is an absolute must for anyone who loves art and/or is interested in the history of Venice.
While the art is richly displayed for all visitors, those interested in history are strongly recommended the "Secret Itineraries" tour.
You probably need to book this tour in advance but it is well worth it. For only a few Euros more than the standard admission fee, you skip the regular lines and recieve a behind (and above) the scenes look at the inner workings of the capital of the Venetian republic.
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