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Napoleon filled his royal digs over Piazza San Marco with the riches of the doges, and took some of Venice's finest heirlooms to France as trophies. But the...
San Marco was officially the doge’s (duke’s) chapel until 1807, and the doge’s far-reaching influence is highlighted by gilt bronze horses in the Galleria ,...
Creating Venice’s architectural wonder took nearly 800 years and one saintly barrel of lard. In AD 828, wily Venetian merchants allegedly smuggled St Mark’s...
Don’t be fooled by its genteel Gothic elegance: behind that lacy, pink-chequered facade, the doge’s palace shows serious muscle and a steely will to survive....
Tours are possible with advance booking (041 24 24), but the best way to see La Fenice is with the loggione – opera buffs who pass judgment from the top-tier...
Florian maintains rituals established c 1720: white-jacketed waiters serve cappuccino on silver trays, lovers canoodle in plush banquettes and the orchestra...
Groupies are the only accessory needed to go with Fiorella’s silk-velvet smoking jackets in louche lavender and oxblood, printed by hand with skulls,...
Once its dominion over the high seas ended, Venice discovered the power of high Cs, hiring as San Marco choirmaster Claudio Monteverdi, the father of modern...
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