The complex nature of Venice cannot be grasped without studying the political and mercantile development of the city, which influenced everything from architectural styles to social strata. Our three hour visit to the Doge's Palace will delve into the complex and unique nature of the Venetian Republic's political system. For over a thousand years the Doge of Venice, elected for life, ruled over the Serenissima. A look into this key role, as well as the numerous other political positions that allowed Venice to maintain a position of international power will all be explored as we move through the maze of the Ducal Palace. This walk also explores the commercial nature of Venice, how it intertwined with the political structure, and the cosmopolitan culture that pervaded life in the city.
During our time at the Doge's Palace, we will have the opportunity to discuss how the building itself, including major architectural and decorative components were used to reflect the power of the government. A palace that constantly changed through the centuries, both due to fires and changing tastes, the structure contains works by top artists of the Renaissance period, such as Tintoretto and Veronese, whose works both grace the Grand Council Hall. The Ducal Palace is a key component to understanding the history of the Venetian Republic and the political mechanisms that allowed it to function. Our time together will allow us to come away with a strong knowledge of the basics of Venice's government system, with all its complexities and intrigue, and create a newfound understanding of how these systems supported the overall culture of the Serenissima.