In the Dodge Palace took place all the most important political institutions of the Republic of Venice. There also used to be located offices of lawyers, naval official, chancellor and censor. A separate room was allotted to citizens, who wanted to prefer a complaint, it was called Bussola. At the Piazetta you'll see the enormous gate in late gothic style - Porta della Carta. They serve the main enter to the Palace. It was built by famous Venice architects brothers Bartolomeo and Giovanni Bon. From the other side the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia (which also served as a court) was connected with the former prison by a bridge (Ponte dei Sospiri). Nowadats it is a symbol of romantic Venice: a kiss under the bridge provides a couple with endless love. Though the bridge was called so not because of the romantic atmosphere, but because the prisoners sighed having the last look at Venice.
By the way, a trip by gondola along the canals of Venice is an entertainment for romantic tourists, who are ready to spend quite a sum of money: the natives use them only at weddings and funerals. But nobody will deny that the best impression of Venice you'll get if to travel along the Grand Canal, the most beautiful of 177 city canals.
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