Ducal Palace

The Doge’s Palace, as mentioned, is located between San Marco square and the pier. It is an imposing and majestic construction that develops on three wings, around a large courtyard. In front of him, one feels ecstatic, crushed by what is a greatness of dimensions but above all because it is a symbol of that doge power that still seems to echo today. In ancient times the doge, the Venetian Dux, resided in this palace. Seat of the Municipality and of the city assemblies, justice was administered in the Palace and had a system of prisons and even an armoury was located there. The Doge’s Palace with its history and its size is by far one of the most important symbols of Venice. With its Gothic-Venetian style, the building is affected by all the oriental contamination of Venetian history. The beauty and uniqueness of the Doge’s Palace are based on the fact that the two colonnades at the base of the building, with their apparent fragility, intertwined and superimposed on each other, support a powerful and heavy body of inlaid marble. This architectural and aesthetic paradox causes awe, wonder and increases the jaw-dropping impact of the building. On the main facade, there are large ogival windows and there is a majestic central terrace, enriched with a dense work of decorations with small cusps and corner aedicules. The interiors of the Palazzo Ducale still preserve a large collection of works of art by the greatest painters and artists of Venetian history and art history such as Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto, Tiziano Vecellio and Paolo Veronese. The sense of power that the Doge’s Palace exudes in every view and glimpse is truly incredible.