The Treasures of the Doge – A new Itinerary in the Doge’s Palace

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If someone was thinking that the Doge’s Palace of Venice with its lavishing gilt ceilings, its great masterpieces by Veronese and Tiepolo and hundreds of years of history visible on its many paintings was not attractive enough, now there is a new reason to visit it.

Doge's Palace

Giant’s Staircase

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After a long restoration work, new rooms have been made available to the visit. There is the splendid private church of the Doge, redesigned in the 18th century and a real treasure of Rococo art with stucco work in pastel colors and frescoes with figures floating in a spring sky. It is not difficult to understand why in 19th century the Rococo was remembered as the “time of sweetness of life”

The private church of the Doge, courtesy of the Venice Museum Foundation (MUVE)

The private church of the Doge, courtesy of the Venice Museum Foundation (MUVE)

There is also the possibility to walk on the loggia where you can enjoy not only the breathtaking view on St. Mark’s square and on the lagoon, but also take a look at the sculptures of the Palace’s facade from such a close distance that you see them in a completely new way.

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Sculpture group above the entrance to the Doge’s Palace: the Doge Foscari kneeling in front of St. Mark’s lion.

Unexpected, intriguing perspectives show the architectural volumes of the Palace and the Basilica from a different point of view.

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Basilica di San Marco, East fassade

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You can book a tour through the Palace with the museum’s guide or, if you prefer, you can take your private specialized guide, who is going to tell you the history and the stories and will show you not only the great masters, but all those elements of daily life who made the obligatory residency of the Doge in its palace a little more comfortable.

 

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