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Cultural Travels from Home: A Guided Tour of the Doge's Palace

Saturday 20th February 11AM GMT

We are delighted to announce this exclusive opening and online event which will be available to watch live (although regrettably not on catch up, as recording is not permitted in the Doge's Palace). Places are limited

This event is now fully booked

20/2/2021 - Note to those who joined this tour, thank you for attending! For the information which Luisella wanted to share with you about the election of the Doge, please scroll to the bottom of this page

In our new mini-series of online webinars we visit artists, art historians and guides in cultural cities around the world and enjoy an hour’s guided tour, virtual museum visit or demonstration. The visits are live and interactive, allowing you to ask questions. These webinars will enable you to gain special access to sites, studios and galleries which are either currently closed or difficult to visit whilst at the same time providing a wonderful opportunity to travel virtually from the comfort of your home, no matter your location. Our visits will also support galleries and individuals working in the cultural sector whose activities have been affected by the pandemic.

Today we enjoy a live, virtual guided tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice in the company of one of the city's best-known guides. The palace is currently closed due to lockdown restrictions, but will be opened especially for our group. This will be the first ever virtual tour of this kind in the Doge's Palace broadcast to the UK - we are most grateful to the President and the General Secretary of the Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia for allowing us special access, despite the current Italian lockdown regulations. All bookings will include a donation / "virtual entrance ticket" which will help support the museum during its closure.

The Doge’s Palace was not only the residence of the Doge but also the seat of the city’s government, its palace of justice and its prison. Its magnificent Gothic façade dominates the Piazza San Marco and its vast reception rooms boast many masterpieces by artists such as Tintoretto and Veronese, glorifying battles won, doges elected and the virtues of good government. We begin our guided tour by climbing the splendid Scala d'Oro or Golden Staircase and then proceed to the principal state rooms such as the Major Council Hall and the Room of the Council of Ten, followed by the Armoury. The tour lasts approximately one hour and includes interactive Q&A throughout. Our events use the most up-to-date technology to provide you with the best possible virtual experience. You will feel as though you are exploring the museum yourself, accompanied by the running commentary given by our knowledgeable guide.

This is a live webinar starting at 11.00am GMT and will last approximately one hour.  Tune in from anywhere in the world to participate.  Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

Recording is not permitted in the Doge's Palace so it is only possible to watch this event live, and not on catch up.

Art History in Focus is proud to have initiated the concept of online tours in a number of major Italian Museums, a project which has been warmly received by the director and president of the Fondazione Musei Civici in Venice. Having participated in our early tours, the Foundation is now developing similar initiatives and methods of bringing the collections to the public through various online channels and new collaborative projects. We are delighted to have developed these collaborations which continue to raise money for the museums in Venice and elsewhere and also benefit those working in the cultural sector.


Further Information


1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button on the right hand side now, fill in the online booking form and pay online. Please use a UK account/card (if you are paying using a non-UK account/card please email us to arrange alternative payment methods). You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £15 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses when booking them as separate participants.


Download ZOOM once you have booked - please print/download the instructions in this downloadable link and read them carefully . 


You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will receive the Zoom log in link immediately, please keep it safely as you will need it to log in

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under and at least 45 minutes before the lecture begins, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders.


Join the lecture ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but your place may be transferred to another attendee as long as we have their details at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

It is not permitted to make recordings in the Doge's Palace so it is only possible to watch live, and not on catch up. The tour will not be recorded so please do not book if you are unable to join us live. Thank you! Booking for this event closes on the 18th February so please book early to avoid disappointment!

20/2/2021 - Note to those who joined this tour, thank you for attending! For the information which Luisella wanted to share with you about the election of the Doge, please find below

"New regulations for the elections of the doge introduced in 1268 remained in force until the end of the republic in 1797. Their intention was to minimize the influence of individual great families, and this was effected by a complex electoral machinery. Thirty members of the Great Council, chosen by lot, were reduced by lot to nine; the nine chose forty and the forty were reduced by lot to twelve, who chose twenty-five. The twenty-five were reduced by lot to nine, and the nine elected forty-five. These forty-five were once more reduced by lot to eleven, and the eleven finally chose the forty-one who elected the doge.[19] Election required at least twenty-five votes out of forty-one, nine votes out of eleven or twelve, or seven votes out of nine electors"

The Venice tour yesterday was a huge success - a wonderful experience, and the gallery opened specially for us! Many thanks to you both, I look forward to other online tours”

Mrs M Bremner

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  • Private tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Exclusive premiere!
  • Live, virtual guided tour with expert Venetian guide
  • Interactive Q&A throughout
  • Viewable from anywhere in the world
  • Includes virtual museum entry fee/donation



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