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Located next to the Basilica di San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale has been the symbol of Venice's political life and public administration for hundreds of years. This building has seen several changes since 1340, even though its foundations date back to the early Middle Ages. Considered a masterpiece of the Gothic style, it was destroyed many times, most notably during the fire of 1106. It was rebuilt by Barbarossa in 1177 and modified over the time by the different Doges (chief magistrates) reigning in Venice. More than a palace, the Palazzo Ducale is an extensive infrastructure, comprising of the apartments of the Doge (often used as an exhibition space), the government quarters and the Palace of Justice. In the Museo dell'Opera, you will see the remaining pieces of the building's medieval façades as well as a collection of sculptures dating from the 14th and 15th Centuries. Before heading towards the quarters,enter the magnificent courtyard and take some time to walk alongside the Loggias to enjoy the various angles of the Palazzo. In addition to the Institutional Chambers and the Prisons, do see the great collection of weapons and armaments in the Armoury. When visiting this palace, many hidden parts are definitely worth a detour.
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Arriving to the Palazzo delle Prigioni by the Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the famous prison where Casanova (1725-1798) was held captive in the middle of the 18th-century. The building was erected in the mid-16th Century to improve prisoner's comfort from the Institutional Chambers's housed prisons. In 1755, famous writer, traveler, adventurer, lover and seducer Casanova was arrested and thrown to that terrible prison, from which he escaped the following year, becoming in that act the legend of 18th-century Venice. Check website for more details.

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Zecca of Venice is an impressive building situated in the exotic city of Venice in Italy. In bygone times, it used to house the government offices which were responsible for minting money. This 16th-century structure is constructed from Istrian marble, and features an ornate entry archway. This portal is adorned with a pair of sculptures of Telamon, which were sculpted by Girolamo Campagna. At present, this building is used to store the books which belong to a library named Biblioteca Marciana.

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It is not known for certain who made the mid-14th-century Golden Altar Piece. It is a masterpiece of engraving that uses Byzantine ancient enamels, which originate from the pillage of Byzantium in 1204. The Treasure of San Marco should not be missed. A large part was melted down to mint money, but what remains can satisfy the curiosity of even the most demanding visitor, from an artistic and historic point of view. It can be accessed directly from the Basilica di San Marco.

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St Mark's Clocktower is a spectacular early Renaissance structure situated in the spellbinding city of Venice in Italy. Its tower, along with the clock, date back to 15th Century. This edifice is one of the most prominent and popular landmarks of the city. It is a work of art in its own right, with its major highlights being the Moors - the two bronze figures at the terrace of the building - and the gallery with the sculpture of Virgin and Child. Booking should be done in advance to visit this place.

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There is a silent and almost respectful ambiance in this museum. Visitors enter Museo Correr by means of a staircase, originally built as a grand entrance to the Napoleonic Wing. From here, the tour continues through neoclassical rooms, the Royal Palace, the Canoviana Collection, Venetian Civilization, Antique Art, and Renaissance Bronze. There are many sculptures by Canova and decorative objects by Francesco Hayez. Venezia by Jacopo De' Barbari can be admired in the entrance.

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Ospedale della Pieta was first established as a hotel where crusaders came to stay and was then turned into an orphanage, music school and convent rolled into one. Many of the graduates of the school became famed composers and musicians. Several orchestras were also formed in the institution and Vivaldi, who is a world renowned composer taught violin at the school. The building has been preserved till today although it has now been turned into a complex with a restaurant and hotel.

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The foundation of Fondazione Querini Stampalia was laid in the year 1869. It was made to order by Venetian Querini Stampalia family's last successor Conte Giovanni. The exteriors and interiors were made by the well known architect Carlo Scarpa. It holds paintings of famous artists and also exhibits contemporary art. For schedule and information on group tour visit website.

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A unique aristocratic palace, Palazzo Grimani was the family house of Antonio Grimani. The charming, historic structure still stands out with its original architecture and gorgeous decorations and is now home to several splendid artworks. The permanent collection here comprises of masterpieces by Mannerists such as Francesco Salviati, Francesco Menzocchi, Camillo Mantovano and Federico Zuccari to name a few. Even without the unusual art that adorn its walls, each room inside this palace is comprises of opulent stuccowork and beautiful frescoes that any art enthusiast wouldn't want to miss. Unique in its architecture and the treasure trove it houses, Palazzo Grimani makes for a brilliant visit.

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