If anything strikes our minds after hearing the name “Italy,” it is Venice – a city where everything is shrouded in romance and intrigue. Doge’s Palace, in particular, is one of those places, and it is right next to the San Marco Basilica.
5 Interesting Facts about the Doge’s Palace in Venice
Here are some interesting facts about it.
1. It exhibits Gothic Architecture
The architectural exuberance of the Palace is the first thing that meets the eyes of an onlooker. The building is purely gothic; however, Venetian art’s massive influence, thus making it Venetian Gothic style.
2. The “White House” in its heyday
This Palace was the central government building at its peak time. “Doge of Venice,” or the ruler, used to live here with his family for his lifetime.
3. There is a secret place in the Palace to torture convicts
Many tourists are not allowed through the small door beyond the ornate staircase because there is a place devoid of all the ostentation, where the accused were tortured and life sentences were acted upon. Doge’s Palace has also connected the Bridge of Sighs which you can find at the back of the building.
4. Per Denontie Segrete serves as a warning place
Meaning For Secret Denunciations, the Per Denontie Segrete are the masks where names and warnings to the respective individuals were slipped into the mouths of the masks. If anyone was denounced, the death sentence was imminent, so an individual had to be wary of his actions.
5. The building was reconstructed several times
Numerous fires and ground failures have occurred in the lifespan of the building that led to its reconstruction. The city did renovations in the 10th century, 1340, 1424, 1438, 1547, and 1577.
Doge’s Palace is a historical site where you can see the clash of old, new, and obsolete. The off-white facades and ornate interior hold immense secrets, indeed.
WHERE TO STAY IN VENICE
Venice is expensive. Like, really expensive. That’s why many backpackers would go on a day trip from Milan or Bologna. If you decide to stay for a night or two, try Venezia Naturalmente. It’s the cheapest I could find in the city. It’s within walking distance to everything, including the water taxi, San Marco Square, and two major bridges connecting to the Grand Canal’s other side. The staff is friendly, and they’d help you navigate the city. It’s clean, and it’s also in a quiet area.
Save Money and Time in Venice
Venice can be overwhelming for a first-time visitor. You would have no idea where and how to start. There are just many things to do and see, and most often – if you do it on your own, there’s a fat chance you’ll be lost in the narrow alleys. How many times did I end up on a dead-end alley? Countless! Google Maps seemed confused, too!
So, to save time, money, and effort, do yourself a favor – choose a tour! You don’t have to join everything but choose the ones you think would be interesting.