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1 San Marco, Venice, 30124, Italy

Brave the lines (or, better, book ahead) for the Doge's Palace, La Serenissima's most iconic building and the Republic of Venice's seat of power from the 14th century to Napoleon's invasion nearly seven centuries later. The rooms are rich with masterpieces of Venetian art, including Tintoretto's Paradiso, the largest canvas painting in the world. If you've time, consider a Secret Itineraries guided tour, which takes you into areas usually closed to the public, including the civil servants' offices and the jails, whose notable inmates include one Giacomo Casanova.

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Brave the lines (or, better, book ahead) for the Doge's Palace, La Serenissima's most iconic building and the Republic of Venice's seat of power from the 14th century to Napoleon's invasion nearly seven centuries later. The rooms are rich with masterpieces of Venetian art, including Tintoretto's Paradiso, the largest canvas painting in the world. If you've time, consider a Secret Itineraries guided tour, which takes you into areas usually closed to the public, including the civil servants' offices and the jails, whose notable inmates include one Giacomo Casanova.