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- 89%Art & Design Lovers
- 78%Local Culture
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- 53%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- Palazzo DucaleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6May 18, 2014
The Palazzo Ducale, built in Venetian Gothic style, was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. It opened as a museum in 1923. The regular tour of the Doge's Palace is interesting enough. Within this Complex's Gothic civic architecture, every stone, passageway and artwork seemed to evoke the power that the former Venetian Republic wielded. That of course included the Ponte dei Sospiri or Bridge of Sighs ... the final walk of prisoners across the water to what was most likely their end.
To dig a little deeper, Erin, Jim, Gayle and I took the Itinerari Segreti del Palazzo Ducale (the secret tour of the Doge's Palace). What this told me was that for every big public room, there were hidden passageways and concealed rooms where justice was served in a much more private and efficient way. No pictures were allowed, but many of us snapped a few anyway.
Some of the hidden sights that we saw included various tiny and inhospitable prison cells (including the one from which notorious lover Giacomo Casanova made his escape), the Office of the Notaio Ducale (Doge's secretary), the Cancelleria Segreta (Secret Chancellery). the Torture Room, the roof crawl space of the Palace itself, the Inquisitor's Room (where a shadowy 3 person tribunal ordered death to those who would steal state secrets or other sometimes arbitrary crimes), and other tidbits of Venice history. The ceiling murals were particularly impressive, but only put lipstick on a justice pig that was swift and brutal.
So....If you happened to be wandering around the Piazza San Marco, please take the time to explore beyond the facade, including the Palazzo Ducale. there are layers and layers of history here and even a small taste is well worth the admission fee and any wait.Recommended for:
- Palazzo DucaleMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Mar 25, 2014
The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) was created for the ruler of the Republic of Venice. The Doge was the elected leader of Venice, and once elected the Doge ruled for life. The Palace is next to St Mark's Cathedral. While in the Palace, make sure you visit the Palace jail. We were told that the infamous Casanova was a prisoner here, but was one of the few who made a successful escape.Recommended for:
- Palazzo DucaleCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Oct 13, 2013
Ever since Venice was founded, up to when it became a Republic, the Doge's Palace, hosting the doge, the Venetian leader, was constructed as the political, religious and cultural heart of the city. The spectacular Palazzo was always intended to impress its visitors upon arrival unto Piazza di San Marco, given it's a splendid combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. I took an in-depth tour with Walks of Italy, that provided VIP Access to the secret passages of the palace, such as the secret archives and wooden offices, torture chambers and the palace’s attic, home to restricted prison cells, including that of the famed Casanova. The tour also provided access to the top terrace of the Basilica di San Marco, all within an intimate group of 12 people. Highly recommend it!Recommended for:
- Palazzo DucaleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Sep 20, 2013
The Doge's Palace was the most interesting place we visited in Venice. I enjoyed the maps of Venetian territory and the paintings of Venetian victories over the Ottoman Empire and the sack of Constantinople. The Golden Staircase reminds me of Versailles.Recommended for:
- Palazzo DucaleCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
The Palazzo Ducale (or Doge's Palace) was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the top boss during the days of the Republic of Venice. Located in St. Mark's Square, it's one of the most prominent buildings visible while going down the Grand Canal, mostly because it's completely flooded by tourists (no pun intended).
Constructed between the 14th and 15th centuries, it houses many room of beautiful art, including one with giant maps of the world as they knew it. The grand courtyard is beautiful, with two floors overlooking each of its facades. The prison area was interesting, particularly since one can see the entrance to the canal under the Ponte dei Sospiri from one of the windows, offering a strange duality between Renaissance-era imprisonment and onlookers of one of the world's most romantic bridges.Recommended for:
- Palazzo DucaleMember ofFoodiesStudentsLuxury Travelers+ 2Mar 28, 2013
This must be on your Top-5 Must-see sights because it's really breathtaking. I even liked its interiors more than Chateau Versailles in Paris, specially the golden Staircase, the armors room, and the vast chambers without a single pillar. The prison section is as interesting as the palace. This museum would take about 3 hours and it's definitely worth the visit.
- Palazzo DucaleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodiesJul 24, 2012
The Doge's Palace is one of the landmarks of the city. It is a palace built in Gothic style and has been the residence of the Doge of Venice since 800. Surely it is a must see in Venice.