Enter the former Duke of Venice's residence to learn about the history of the Venetian government. The Doge's Palace was considered the center of local political life where various branches of government were housed 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. Highlights include Tintoretto's Paradise (presumed to be the largest painting on canvas) and Sansovino's celebrated sculptures, Mars and Neptune.
The Doge of Venice, also known as the "Duke" of Venice, was the chief magistrate and leader of the Most Serene Republic of Venice for 1,100 years. Doges of Venice were elected for life by the city-state's aristocracy and lived in the gothic Doge's Palace. On this walking tour we discuss the intricate organization of Venice leadership including 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.