The prison was originally inside the Doge’s Palace in Venice in the wells, where it was suffocating and pest-ridden, and in the Piombi, under the palazzo’s conductive roof, where it was extremely hot in the summertime and freezing in the winter.
Nowadays, when you pay a visit to Venice, you will notice that the prison of the Ducale Palace is now connected to the palace by the bridge also known as the “Bridge of Sighs”.
From 1797 to 1886, when the city of Venice kept being subjected to different rules, the Ducale Palace became housed several administrative and political offices and even the Marciana Library, which is an important landmark of the city.
The Carnival of Venice began just after the mid-12th century in honour of the victory of Serenissima Repubblica.
The locals began to dance in St Mark’s Square in the center of the city and became an annual tradition.
There are two monumental granite column pillars in St Mark’s Square, and on top of one of these columns lies the Lion of Venice, the city’s symbol.
It dates back to 300 BC, however it was brought to Venice in the 12th century.