Part 2 of the landmarks from Piazza San Marco. Photos here are from Palazzo Ducale, or the Duke’s Palace. During the Age of Exploration, Venice was one of the most powerful and richest cities in the world. It was during this time that Venice was its own Republic in which a Council of Ten elected a Grand Duke who would oversee the functions of the magnificent city. To visit the Palazzo Ducale meant access to all the cartography tools of the day, decked out (in gold and grand paintings,) court and ball rooms of the almost secret society of the duke’s, the weapons museum and the prison that is attached to the palace via the Bridge of Sighs.