Doge’s Palace

Also known as Palazzo Ducale, is one of the more prominent buildings in Venice, Italy.  The palace was home to the ruler of Venice – which had the title of Doge.  The Palace was the seat of power in Venice Republic which lasted 1,000 years. 


Location:  Venice, Italy




Doge’s Palace was built in 1340 and was extended and modified as the year’s went by.  The palace was officially turned into a museum in 1923.  However, the location for the palace was in the same location as the republic’s official government location.  Since 810 AD, when Doge Angelo Participazio moved the government for Venice to the present location this Rialto has been used as seat of the power for the city. 

Bridge of sighs 

If you come around the building, you will see that Doge’s Palace is attached to another building via a bridge.  This corridor was built in 1614 to connect the government building to the Venice’s jail.  The corridor was called Bridge of Sighs as it was the last view of freedom for prisoners as they were taken from the courthouse to the jail.  

Art at Doge’s Palace: 

From the moment you enter the courtyard, you will be greeted by the two statues of Scala dei Giganti.  These statues were placed there in 1565 after 80 years of work.  

The Great Council Chamber is an amazing room with art surrounding you from the sides and the ceiling.

Golden Staircase provides you the path to see Doge’s apartment.  The decorated stair case may provide you with a more amazing visual art compared to your final destination of the apartment.  Various artists have placed their artistic touches in the stair case over the years that the palace was being renovated.  

There is a lot more art for you to discover at Doge’s Palace, make sure you leave yourself enough time to fully explore this location while you are in Venice.


You can purchase your tickets here: 

Doge’s Palace Skip the Line Tickets

You can also purchase a Venice Museum Pass Here: 

Venice Museum Pass

August Focus – Italy

Summer travel is always a magical time.  Even in today’s chaotic post Covid travel season, with all the misery that has accompanied air travel to Europe, we all dream of travel to far off and magical destinations.  And while the definition of magical destinations will vary for each person, Italy is considered by many measures as one of those destinations. 

From the beautiful beaches of Sicily, to the colorful Amalfi coast.  Rome’s metropolitan and historical filled treasures, and the water canals of Venice.  The Tuscany region with Florence as its jewel, to the fashion forward city of Milan.  And many more cities and sites to see in between all of these destinations. 

There is no shortage of places to see in Italy.  So with that, we have decided to focus this month on some of those highlights.  

We started our series with the Trevi Fountain.  The beauty of the fountain the history behind it, and the aqueducts underneath it, will provide the unique view of the place that it deserves. 

With over 2000 years of history behind it, Italy offers a good mix of historical locations, modern sites, artistic destinations and heavenly food.  

Top view table full of food Sharing dinner with friends

So what is next in our adventure?  

Follow us as we explore more of Italy, from the famous locations to the hidden treasures.  

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