"I loved her from my boyhood; she to me Was as a fairy city of the heart, Rising like water-columns from the sea, Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart; And Otway, Radcliffe, Schiller, Shakespeare's art, Had stamp'd her image in me." − Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Who was the Doge and what was his significance throughout Venice's history? We will discover how this elected leader of the city lived as we visit the gothic Doge's Palace. On this walking tour we will learn the intricate organization of Venice leadership: how the Doge served the city for almost 1000 years and veered away from hereditary monarchy. We will view the most well-known paintings and sculptures in the Palace.
Discover life and time as the Doge of Venice! Our tour guide will share insights into the organization of Venetian government, including why Doge's Palace was considered the center of local political life. Various branches of government were housed in the palace, including the Grand Council, the Navy and the Chancellery. Learn about the epic Battle of Lepanto and the resulting pictorial artworks by Paolo Veronese which adorn walls of the palace. Other art highlights include: Tintoretto's Paradise (presumed to be the largest painting on canvas) and Sansovino's celebrated sculptures, Mars and Neptune.