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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, the famous writer, traveler, adventurer, lover, Casanova was imprisoned here, from which he escaped the following year, becoming in that act the legend of 18th-century Venice. This historic site also hosts concerts and other cultural events regularly.
Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) is a landmark and a famous tourist destination in Venice. It exhibits Venetian Gothic architecture and historically, it was the house of the chief of the city. It has been converted into a museum that houses important historical documents of the Republic of Venice, old chambers, apartments, courtyards, prisons and armoury. While this palace offers a regular tour, the Secret Itineraries Tour covers certain sections of the castle inaccessible to the general public. Naturally, this tour costs more and requires reservations but it takes groups through interrogation rooms, attics and secret passages. One can visit the Office of the Great Chancellor, Chamber of the Secret Chancellery, Bridge of Sighs, Chamber of the Inquisitors and Torture Chamber among other important sites. Children below six years are not permitted and the tours are conducted for two to twenty five people.
Layer upon layer of differing architectural styles come together to form the magnificent Doge's Palace. A symbol of the Venetian government and political heritage, the historic palace was once the seat of the Doge, the chief magistrate of the former Republic of Venice. The foundations of the complex were laid during the 14th Century. Through the years, the palace was repeatedly reconstructed, extended and restored, creating a mix of artistic and architectural styles ranging from the Medieval to the Renaissance. A masterpiece of Gothic design, the palace is replete with exquisite details like sculptures, frescoes, arches and graceful columns. The original Doge's Apartments, the Armory, the Prisons, the Courtyard and Loggias have all been beautifully restored, with numerous hidden treasures around every corner. This historic icon also houses the Museo dell'Opera and its extensive art collection.
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.
Avventure Bellissime is one of the best professional touring services one can opt for. Based in Venice, they provide tours not only in the city, but also others like Florence and Rome. All their guides are certified and thoroughly professional, and also speak impeccable English, to make sure you make the most out of the tour. Their one day tours of Venice are quite popular, where one explores the city on foot and by boat. Their ghost walking tours are recommended as well. Refer to the website for details and list of tours.
This iconic Baroque bridge was designed in the early 17th Century by Italian architect Antonio Contino. It was built over the Rio di Palazzo to connect the Doge's Palace and the New Prisons, creating a route traveled by convicts between sentencing and imprisonment. Although many attribute the bridge's name to its popularity as a romantic spot, other accounts say that it got its name due to prisoners experiencing their last glimpses of freedom. As for its English moniker, Lord Byron is credited with translating Ponte dei Sospiri to Bridge of Sighs in the 19th Century. This must-see Venetian landmark is now loved by tourists and welcomes all to see it for themselves.