"Doge's Palace" Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace Tip by Tom_Fields

Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace, Venice: 225 reviews and 482 photos

  The Doge's Palace
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The Doges Angelo and Giustiniano Partecipazio originally established their power here in the 9th century. The present structure was built in the 14th century by Filippo Calandario, Pietro Baseio, and Master Enrico. A fire damaged it in 1577, and Antonio de Ponte, designed of the Rialto Bridge, restored it.

On the eastern side is the renowned Bridge of Sighs, which leads to the prison. Prisoners would be led over this bridge and allowed one last look at the city before being locked up. Tours take visitors through the palace and prison (sorry, no photos allowed inside). The stories are pretty grim.

Address: Piazza San Marco
Phone: +39 (0)41 522 4951
Website: http://www.venice.world-guides.com/museums.html

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  • Written Jan 25, 2010
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