My favorite museum type building we went to in Venice was the Doge’s Palace. Not only because the building was really interesting but the building (and interior museum) along with self guided tour from *Rick Steve’s book immersed us into the very unique history that Venice has.
Probably my only complaint about Italy is that cameras aren’t allowed in most of the buildings or museums. There were plenty of people who just ignored the rules but me being a stickler for rules and also always afraid of getting in trouble (especially in a foreign country! Eek!), was only gutsy enough to take a few sneaky pictures.
The Doge (Doge, meaning Duke) lived and ran the government from his palace. And the Palace was designed to impress and show off Venice’s immense wealth. First visitors climbed the Stairway of Giants and then went through the Golden Staircase (the ceiling is gilded in 24-carat gold).
The Mouth of Truth was for complaints and accusations. Originally, any Venetian could anonymously place their suspicion of someone in the mailbox and the powers that be would take charge.
Remember the couple times I was gutsy enough to sneak a picture? Well it was for these two interesting devices in the armory museum part of the Doge’s Palace. Above, is a chastity belt worn by the wife of Francesco da Carrara, Lord of Padua in the 15th Century. Ouch! And below, another ouchie… a thumbscrew torture device.
Here are a few more pictures of the outside and courtyard of this amazing building:
Previously: Venice, Part 1: Canals and Bridges