The Doge's Palace
was the seat of government of Venice’s Republic for centuries. Founded in the 9th century but remodelled in its present form between the 14th and 17th century, today it preserves a lot of political, administrative and judicial spaces, in which the Venetian State ran its multifaceted governmental machine.
The Doge’s Palace is divided into three wings that are arranged around a rectangular courtyard and it is attached to the Basilica of San Marco. In this architectural complex, there were both the majestic Renaissance rooms in which the major organs of theState gathered, both public offices, both the spaces of justice, both prisons, and the apartment of the highest representative of the Republic, i.e. the doge.
The public spaces were decorated during the 16th and 17thcenturies with works of great historical and artistic importance, realized among others by Titian, Paolo Veronese, Jacopoand Domenico Tintoretto. A visit to this museum is therefore fundamental to those that want to appreciate Venice's late Renaissance art.
, elected for life by the greatest noble assemble, had at his disposal a reduced number of environments in whichprivate and public dimensions were continually intertwined. Just a few private spaces of the doge are generally open to the public, but a special tour can be booked to enjoy this aspect.