Doge's Palace : Michelin's recommendations
This is the history of the Venetian Republic and perhaps also the history of its spirit, that offers itself up to you in this marvelous palace with, on Saint Mark's Square and on the pier, its marvelous arcades that could be compared with latticework made of stone. In the courtyard adorned with the Foscari portico, you will take the Staircase of Giants, which leads to the loggia. Then you will go though a series of different rooms of the ducal apartment, decorated with paintings (Carpaccio, Bellini, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Titian...). The Hall of the Great Council is without any doubt the highlight of the visit: immense (1 300 m2), it once kept the ballots that eventually concluded in the nomination of a new doge. What is there to say but that you will once again be in awe by the magnificence of the place, both for its wall decoration and the ceilings: this is where you will see the huge Paradise painted by Tintoretto and, in the form of a frieze, the portraits of the 76 doges that governed the city between 804 and 1554, among which that of the infamous Marino Falier, covered with a painted drape as eternal punishment for his crimes, to complement his beheading. Ready for a thrill? Move on to visit the prisons that you will get to via the famous Bridge of Sighs. But if you really want to find out about the secrets of Venice, you should visit the "secret itineraries": a torture room that will make you shiver, prison cells ("wells", both cold and humid, and "leadings" located under the roof, from where Casanova managed to escape), secret passages, hidden hallways, the hall of the Inquisitors: just the opposite of everything you have seen so far in Venice!
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