Buon Giorno !!
On the last day of our stopover in Venice we took a walking tour of the Palazzo Ducale or the Doges Palace. From the cruise ship we walked to the Alilaguna Terminal to take one of their vaporettos. The ride to Piazza San Marco was 30 minutes. As soon as we arrived at Piazza San Marco, we proceeded to our first stop Palazzo Ducale.
We were given time to walk around this courtyard and take photos.
If you think the outside of the palazzo is a sight to behold, wait till you go up and see the interiors of the palazzo!! The golden staircase was fabulous! Here you can easily discover breathtaking walls made of stucco, and lavish ceilings covered with enchanted paintings. Our guide took us through the rooms explaining the art work and the historical significance of the building. Did you know that the Doge was a chosen, it was not a inherited position?
The interior of the Palazzo Ducale with the artworks by artists such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto.
Among the most breathtaking pieces was Tintoretto's Paradise, said to be the largest oil painting in the world. His masterpiece completed in 1577 covers the entire wall !! Unfortunately this was one area inside the palace we were not allowed to take any photos. You can take photographs in the courtyard and through the open windows of the palace, but not of the interior.
The prison was certainly interesting to see, but it gets a bit creepy.
one of the cells inside
This was were the prisoners took a last look at freedom as they glimpsed the lagoon and San Giorgio through the small windows. Walking across the Bridge of Sighs is quite interesting because it looks gorgeous on the outside, but it is a different story on the inside.
After our tour of the Palazzo Ducale we walked to the Piazza San Marco and were given free time to walk around once more. I wanted to go to the Basilica of San Marco but seeing the long lines -- I decided to just stay at the piazza and take more photos.
Another one of Piazza San Marcos sights is the clock tower. The clock was first erected as a way of showing others the wealth that existed in this city state. It was built sometime in the late 1400's. From the top of the tower you get a great view of Venice but make sure you get there early because the line can be long.
The first view of the ornamental exterior of Basilica San Marco can be overwhelming, especially if approached from its main entrance. Columns, cupolas, statues, and touches of gold in its decorated portals and on the church's many turrets vie for the viewer's attention.
Venice is amazing. There is no other place in world like venice.The best place to see in Venice is the square. You can move around at your own pace. Truly awesome. If you like ancient architecture and art, you will love this city! When you walk in Piazza San Marco Square it literally takes your breath away! What a beautiful place! Wonderful for romantics and lovers. It was more spectacular than any photo could portray. I would recommend a visit to Venice to anyone!