On our first full day in Venice we took a well-led tour of the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace. Since it was only a few days ago that I saw I due Foscari, an opera about a Doge of Venice, the rooms took on the quality of a stage set.
We visited the room where the Doge, the council of ten and the senate met to make decisions. The Doge's throne and the seats for the 10 looked very familiar. Only the huge dark paintings were missing from the opera. Paintings of the 10 showed their red robes trimmed with fur.
We visited the room where cases were tried, the torture room, the bridge of sighs and the prison cells. The characters from the opera filled the empty spaces.
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