Palazzo Ducale has been projected to impress Its guests
Center of political power and residence of the Doge, Palazzo Ducale is symbol of Venice magnificence; this building housed and seduced important political figures, and is the result of a long process of restructuring, necessary to modernize and restore it after riots and fires that have hit over the centuries.
The choice of the Doge Partecipazio to place the Palazzo Ducale on the island of Rivoalto in 812, it’s due to security reasons: the island was very different in those days and could better defend the structure than others.
Throughout its existence, more than 1200 years, it’s hard to imagine how many painters, sculptors, carpenters and architects have helped make Palazzo Ducale the masterpiece we can see today. Despite many of the works that decorated it, have been lost or moved, there are still several testimonies of the magnificence and grandeur of the palace.
As well as performing the main administrative function, the Palazzo Ducale was also the stage of the most important social events in the city: the courtroom where the judges deliberated, turned into dance halls and banquets.
The occasion of the visit of Henry III in Venice, for example, tells of a “fantastic succession of parties and performances for the pleasure of the monarch” and that it was prepared a banquet in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio (Great Council Hall) where, instead of raising the ducal throne, was elevate a huge dresser with gold and silver to the value of two hundred thousand ducats.
In the same room he was served breakfast all made of sugar: bread, plates, forks, knives, table cloths and napkins were completely made of sugar, and so well as to deceive the King that he was really impressed!