One of the city's prized landmarks is a palace that was a seat of authority to the former Republic of Venice.
At Piazza San Marco, you'll find the gothic jewel and symbol of Venetian civilization, the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace). The structure covers almost one whole side and is composed principally of the former political and judicial headquarters of the city, as well as the Doge's apartments. All are magnificently adorned with paintings and frescoes by Titian, Veronese, Tiepolo and Tintoretto. Equal testimonies to the renaissance artistry are the Scala dei Giganti and the Scala d'Oro — two lavishly carved staircases in the opulent courtyard. The Palazzo is one of 11 museums operated by Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.