Palazzo Ducale – The Dodge palace

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.

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Punta della Dogana – Venice ancient customs

Punta della Dogana – Venice ancient customs

The Punta della Dogana or Dogana de Mar, is located on Dorsoduro sestiere extremity, next after the church of Salute. This once marshy area, was reclaimed and fortified in the fourteenth century to become the main hub of goods coming to Venice by sea. The old customhouse in Castello sestiere was obsolete as the trade traffic from the East increased. The Dogana de Mar was planned to split out landing, check and storage operations according to goods origin. The palace isn’t one of the richest in Venice, but it offers some interesting features as the weathervane system placed on the roof where two atlases support a large sphere on which the goddess Fortuna shows the wind direction. One of the lion head carved on the outer walls, turns to Palazzo Ducale as reverence, could you find it?

Marciana National Library

Marciana national library hosts Venice memory

The Marciana national Library is one of the richest in Italy and certainly the most important of Venice.

The archive’s catalog consists of priceless works from legacies and donations since the middle of 1300, and collects a huge amount of publications reflecting the cultural fervor that fueled the debate and research in the Venetian borders. “That government, accused of silence one of his political dogmas, allowed that should take place in all its fullness the popular literary form that collects daily chatter fugitive and keen observation, and educates the mind of the lower classes ” Besides the Marciana Library, in Venice were known many other libraries: some private as Tiepolo’s and Contarini’s, others preserved within cloister as San Giorgio and San Michele in Murano.

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Madonna della Salute

Madonna della Salute – the end of pestilence

Since the middle of 1600, the Church of Madonna della Salute, represent Venice’s relief from the plague.

It’s believed that pestilence killed 80,000 people on Venetian islands, and over 600,000 in the mainland. The impotence to react against extermination of the population pushed the Republic Senate to address their prays to Saints, for divine intercession with the commitment to dedicate a temple to Madonna della Salute if the city had survived. Among the 11 projects submitted to the Republic Senate in 1630, found greater consensus the Longhena one. 

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