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January 3, 2006
From journal Of Carnivals and Gondolas
Cary, North Carolina
July 1, 2004
From journal Ahhhh, Venice!
Mont Albert North, undefined, Australia
August 3, 2004
The paintings throughout the building are magnificent as are the ceiling decorations. Unfortunately, the ceiling decorations were the end of our permission to take photos. Seems some thoughtless (and probably rather ignorant) people used flashes to take photos and this fades the paintings. Of course, the flash only has a very short range so would have done little to brighten the image. (How a flash from such a distance could affect paintings is another question.) Still, it is one of the things that you need to get used to in Europe. No photos of things that they can sell postcards of!
The Doge's Palace was one of the highlights of the Venice trip. Much more impressive than the church. The paintings gave an insight into the Venetian history.
From journal Venice - very nice!
Leeds, United Kingdom
October 21, 2002
Located on St Mark's Square, the building itself is a fabulous example of bizarre architecture from the outside. Inside, it is a rabbit warren of over the top rooms, dripping in gold leaf, with murals in place of wall paper by the top artists of the period (dependent upon which Doge was in power at the time). The whole was definitely designed with the sole intention of making any visitors very much aware of the incredible power of the Doge, and how much less significant they were!
I would recommend getting there as early as possible (it opens at 9) unless you particularly want to go round in a tour group. Not being a huge fan of these, we managed to get round ahead of most parties. We were quite happy reading the signs in each room, which were quite detailed, and following the arrows round the building. However, if you want a bit more help, we saw lots of people using CD players, which had a digital display showing the room you were standing in, and where you should be for each bit of commentary.
Even without lots of commentary, it took us a good 2 hours to get round and look at everything. Make sure you wander everywhere you can get to - we nearly missed a big bit of the prisons because of a sign which had been twisted. If it's not roped off, explore!
The best parts for me were undoubtedly the prisons (not great for the claustrophobic) and the enormous reception and conference rooms, although the idea of trying to make any useful decisions whilst being stared at by battle scenes, including one memorable one with a man with an arrow through the top of his head, is not entirely appealing! The Bridge of Sighs was definitely more beautiful from outside than within, although there were good views to be had up an down the narrow canal there.
All in all, an extremely well presented, fascinating palace, and an extremely good value for money visit.
From journal Autumn in Venice
April 24, 2002
From journal Italy: Venizia
Oxford, United Kingdom
September 15, 2011
Cruising The Eastern Med-Again!
by Julie Hood
Galveston, Texas, Texas
July 16, 2000
From journal Venice on foot
May 22, 2004
Don't miss the small museum on the ground floor, which displays the original colonnades and stonework. It is small, but quite empty of visitors. Barring this, most visitors arrive at the courtyard first. It is expansive and impressive, and you may use cameras here. In fact, you can use your camera in any of the technically "outdoor" parts of the palazzo. You can also use your camera if you point it through a window. Some people were using cameras indoors and it was unclear whether this was permitted or not. Certainly, nobody stopped them from doing so.
The interior of the palace features rooms of state as well as the private rooms of the doge. He worked at home, having only to walk down a flight of stairs. Take the impressive Golden Staircase to the Doge's Apartments. Actually, you won't have much choice in where you go. Velvet-roped barriers prevent visitors from taking their own path around the palace and you will be guided much like sheep throughout. Great works of arts adorn the walls throughout these halls. If you are as impatient as I, you will pass through quickly, only briefly stopping to consider each work of art.
To reach the prisons, you cross the famous Bridge of Sighs. Crossing the Bridge of Sighs is as claustrophobic as bridges get. From the inside, the covered bridge is small. Descending into the prisons is even more harrowing. You could imagine your own fear rising, had you been clad in chains and sentenced to life in the Doge's prisons. The prisons are similar to Alcatraz, showing that conditions do not change much over the centuries. You can even make out some graffiti on the walls. A tiny courtyard that breaks up the monotony of stone hallways shows that prisoners certainly didn't get much exercise.
If only I had known about the Secret Itinerary! I read later in my guidebook that this special tour covers the torture chambers and the interrogation rooms. That's my kind of tourism.
From journal The Other Side of Venice
June 4, 2003
Initially, I was a little put off at the prospect of spending a couple of hours exploring a stuffy museum on a sunny day. However, it really is worth taking the time to visit as it's one of the most unique buildings of it's type in Europe . . . and beyond.
There are tours but I would recommend arming yourself with a copy of a good guide book and following the route as signposted. The Rough Guide to Venice has an adequate section with enough detail to keep you informed without boring you to tears.
On your tour, the highlights include the Bridge of Sighs, Sala del Maggior Consiglio - the largest room in Europe - and the numerous artworks which embellish the walls.
The entrance fee of approx 10€ may seem on the pricey side but it's worth every penny.
From journal Venetian Easter Break
March 21, 2002
Politics apart, it's the art the really stands out here. Everything is gigantic, from the sculptures that surround the Sala dei Giganti, to the paintings that decorate pretty much every chamber. You can easily see where these politicians put the money of the state.
From journal Austria and Italy under the sunshine-V