Classical Venice: the treasures of Piazza San Marco
A journey through fifteen centuries of history in the most beautiful drawing room in the world
"Classical Venice" is a walk through the gems of Piazza San Marco and the glorious past of its priceless heritage. The Doge's Palace, the ancient residence of the Doge, ushers us into the corridors of power of the Serenissima, the Basilica of San Marco, shimmering with gold mosaics, opens its portals to a myriad facet that make us relive the glories of Byzantium.
At the Correr Museum our journey starts from the treasures of classicism, travels through the great masterpieces of Venetian history and finally takes on an Austrian aura in the rooms dedicated to Empress Sissi; we imagine the young empress in the intimacy of her apartments, while reading in her private sitting room or busy at her toilette in her highly decorated "boudoir".
We finally enter the Marciana Library, one of the largest Italian libraries, the custodian of the finest collections of Greek, Latin and oriental manuscripts in the world.
And how can we begin to describe the emotions we feel when marvelling at the enamels, gold and precious stones of the Pala d'Oro, the Gold Altarpiece, in St. Mark's Basilica? It includes 1401 gems, 526 pearls and it is one of the greatest masterpieces of religious Byzantine goldsmithery in the world.