The city of Venice became a part of Italy in the 19th century (1866) and in this time period, the Doge's Palace was used by many government offices and houses the Biblioteca Marciana for almost one hundred years until the early 20th century (1811-1904).
The oldest part of the Ducale Palace on St Mark’s Square in Venice is facing the lagoon where the corners are decorated with sculptures by various artists in the 14th century.
If you visit Venice, be sure to add this historic landmark as one of the must see tourist attractions in Italy.
In the 16th century, the Ducale Palace of Venice in St Mark’s Square was connected to the prison by a bridge known as the “Bridge of Sighs”.
The Bridge of Sighs connected to the Ducale Palace on St Mark’s Square in the city of Venice overlooks the lagoon and the picturesque San Giorgio Maggiore and caused prisoners to sigh when they catch their last glimpse of freedom as they pass into their cells in the prison from the courtroom of the palace.
The Lion of Venice came to symbolize the charming city after it became a part of its St Mark’s Square in the 12th century. It is definitely a sight to see when you are touring the islands of the romantic city of Venice when on vacation.
The pincia is one of the most authentic Venetian sweets originating from the Veneto region. It is usually made of stale bread, dried fruits, nuts and spices and is made differently by different cooks with their own preferred method of cooking.
The Lion of Venice, the bronze griffin lion sculpture in St Mark’s Square, has a rather long history.
It dates back to 300 BC in Cilicia (Turkey) as a monument dedicated to the god, Sandon. In the 12th century, it was taken to Venice.
However, in the earlier part of the 19th century, the lion was sent to France, where it was broken into many pieces.
In 1815, it was sent back to Venice as a recast sculpture.
You will be surprised to see that the 9th century Ducale Palace on Piazzo Marco is so beautiful and monumental when you find out that it has actually suffered much damage and destruction due to fires, intrusions, structure, and other factors!
It has been restored and modified on countless occasions over the centuries.
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.