Venice is like no other city you will ever visit. It’s unique beauty, labyrinthine canals and mystical atmosphere is the stuff of legend. No wonder that it’s known as La Serenissima, meaning ‘the most serene’.
The famed Doges’ Palace is deeply captivating. A number of architects have thought so, too. You’ll find it copied or referenced around the world, in cities as diverse as New York, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Academy of Sciences in Baku, Azerbaijan, was also modelled on the palace.
It’s easy to understand why. While a feast for the eyes on the outside, the Venetian Gothic building is even more impressive on the inside. It’s lavishly decorated with great works of art; there are the evocative torture chambers that Casanova managed to escape from, the biggest ballroom in Europe, and so much more. From here you can also cross Venice’s iconic Bridge of Sighs, connecting the interrogation rooms in the palace to the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove).