3 July 2013
In the past weeks, and as part of the Venice Internship Program, I had the opportunity to visit some of the most important museums of Venice. The first one I visited was Palazzo Ducale, which is a symbol of Venice and it is located in San Marco Square. The palace was built in 1340 and was the residence of the Doge of Venice, who was the supreme authority of the city. Here were taken all political and court decisions, and there are many rooms dedicated to different councils. The interiors are decorated by some of the most famous Italian painters such as Tintoretto, Tiziano, Tiepolo, Veronese and Vittoria. The visit to the palace is structured with different itineraries that go from the rooms where politics took place to the scary prisons, passing from the well known Bridge of Sighs.
The other museum I’ve visited is Correr Museum, located in San Marco square as well. The building was built between 1806 and 1814 during the Napoleonic era, when Venice was part of the Kingdom of Italy. The museum takes its name from Teodoro Correr, a Venetian art collector. The museum is divided in different sections, one constituted by the Napoleonic wing (where also Austrian Princess Sissi lived) where we can find the works of the famous sculptor Antonio Canova. The second section is Procuratie Nuove, where now there are collections that document the life in Venice and its history. From Correr Museum you are given access also to the Archeological Museum, which contains finds from the Roman Empire and from ancient Greece, and also to Sale Monumentali of Marciana Library, two beautiful and richly decorated rooms that were part of the ancient library.