WE THRIVE ON THE DETAILS, NOTHING IS LEFT TO CHANCE AND EVERY EVENT IS A PORTRAIT OF PERFECTION. Arguably Malibu’s most stunning beach, where you park on the bluffs and stroll down a trail to sandstone rock towers that rise from emerald coves.
If you’ve set foot in Venice, then you’ve probably heard of the Doge’s Palace – but like me you may not have known what it is. Giuseppina, our guide, met us at San Marco square and walked us to the Bridge of Sighs explaining what we should expect on this secret tour. We entered the palace and walked up the ornate golden staircase into the formal rooms lavishly decorated to demonstrate the great wealth Venice possessed. The Chancellor was the ruler of this part of the Palace and he dished out sentences and torture upon the accused. Giuseppina took us to the cell of the famous Casanova and explained how he escaped this seemingly impenetrable fortress. As secretly as we went in, we popped back out another little door into the world of wealth and privilege – engulfed in the sea of tourists looking upwards at the frescoes.
We were able to see all parts of the Doge’s palace, inside and out and I was enthralled with learning about Venice’s role in the world of trading, finance, and justice; as well as it’s secret life which few people get to see.
This must be where the modern Italian governments learned their trade in political mischief, horse trading and getting their own ways. Topless sunbathers stroll through the tides, and dolphins breech the surface beyond the waves.
See places you can’t get to in your car or on a tour bus as you try out a unique and fun activity – riding an electric bicycle! It congers up thoughts of voyeurism, hushed tones, sneaking around, mafia, politics, and religion.
I had been to Venice previously and even though I had heard of the landmark, I didn’t really know what it was about.


As Giuseppina dished out information I quickly realized this secret Doge’s Palace wasn’t as much about prisons, questionable practices, or horrible torture as I had originally thought, but instead it was about politics. The Doges Palace was not only a place for the Doge to live, but behind the walls of the palace is where law and justice were determined.
We walked through the massive committee, tribunal, and senate rooms as well as the large ballroom – each room looking more regal than the next.
Gone were the gold walls, high ceilings, and paintings – we were surrounded by wood floors, with low wooden ceilings, and very few windows.
We walked through the Chancellor’s office, which was quite small considering the power the man had.
The prisoner’s last bit of freedom was their walk over the bridge connecting the palace with the prison across the canal. We also saw how the fortress was built as we examined the inventive architecture from viewpoint of the attic. It felt like the Chancellor’s office and rooms were but a dream as they were so different and only a wall separated the two worlds.
We walked over the Bridge of Sighs to the prison; my body felt heavy as I thought about what it may feel like hundreds of years ago to make this journey. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own – as you know how I love to speak my mind! Whenever I envision Venice I envisioned the gondola rides, the hand made masks, Murano glass, paintings, sculptures, the architecture, and the canals everywhere. I travel to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences and photography. It's been impacted by coastal erosion, but you can still find a sliver of dry sand tucked against the bluffs. Putting the words “Doge’s Palace” behind it creates even more allure…that is if you know what the Doge’s Palace is.


In fact, all I really knew about Venice was gondolas and canals so on this trip I was determined to learn more. There were many people the Doge worked with such as advisors and the Senators that (supposedly) ensured that no one group could have all the power. But it was in alignment with the rest of the secret rooms – dark, wooden, and very little natural light. The bridge had a couple of little windows where the prisoners could look out and see their family before heading into confinement.
During this whole time we never saw another person or tour group – it felt as if we were the only ones there. The words “Secret Passages of Doge’s Palace” had me hooked and I signed up for the Walks of Italy VIP tour hoping to learn about the secrets of Venice as well as what in the world the Doge’s Palace was. But if you concentrated and looked closely past all of the gold and ornamentation you’ll see it, a little door. The previous rooms were for the public, but these passageways were not open to the public as this is where all of the secret work of the Venice Empire took place. We learned about the various forms of physical and mental torture applied and the types of sentencing that could occur.
It was said that you could hear the prisoner’s sighs on their way to prison – hence the name Bridge of Sighs.




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  1. 04.10.2015 at 21:54:41
    dfd writes:
    Second - what you might be sensing and doing.
  2. 04.10.2015 at 22:30:49
    ALENDALON writes:
    Combine mindfulness into daily life other method is to do formal each day follow.
  3. 04.10.2015 at 23:30:57
    2 writes:
    Ensure you don't get caught in any snares talk myself.