The Ducal Palace (in Italian: Palazzo Ducale), also known as Doge’s Palace, is a symbol of the city of Venice and a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic. It rises in the monumental area of Piazza San Marco, between Piazzetta and Molo.
The current palace was built between 1309 and 1424. Giovanni Bon and Bartolomeo Bon created the so-called Porta della Carta, a monumental gate in late Gothic style in Piazzetta, next to the palace.
Formerly the seat of the Venetian Doge and the Venetian magistrate, they followed their story, from the dawn to the fall, and today it is home to the Museo di Palazzo Ducale and is part of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
The Bridge of Sighs (in Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri) is a characteristic bridge of Venice, situated near Piazza San Marco towards the Riva degli Schiavoni, which connects the Palazzo Ducale with the Prigioni Nuove, the first building in the world built to be a prison.