on July 1, 2004
Located in St. Mark’s Square (Vaperetto stop S. Marco). We visited the Doge’s Palace (pronounced doh-jeh) on a Sunday afternoon at about 4 p.m. There was barely a line, but there was some confusion. NOTE: there are two lines. The line to the left is for those who don’t have a ticket, the line to the right is for those that do. Once we figured that out, we walked right in and up to the ticket counter (about 20 minutes total time) to buy our 11 € ticket.
The Palace reminded me a great deal of Versailles just outside of Paris. A royal palace for the rulers of Venice. As you enter, look to your right to find the Mouth of Truth. This face was essentially a mailbox where citizens could make complaints against other citizens and recommend executions. (Anyone want to make a suggestion today? ;) ) Just past the Mouth is the entrance to the upper floors, the Golden Stairway – 24 karat on the ceiling here. As you walk through each room – some with absolutely no purpose at all, (oh to be rich) – you’re bombarded with art, beautiful sculptures, large fireplaces (you could park your car in them) and oddities such as a 24-hour clock and a zodiac clock. You’re also treated to great views of St. Mark’s basilica next door. Beware of photo taking. Whether photos are allowed or not seem to be based on whether or not the guards see you taking them. When you’re outside, taking pictures is no problem. When inside the room, it’s sort of on an ad-hoc basis.
I enjoyed seeing the palace, and getting some great pictures here (outside). If you have limited time in Venice, I would classify this as a “nice-to-see” if you have the time. If you’re spending at least two days, I’d make it a point to go in and see how Venetian royalty passed their days.
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