School at the Museum 2014>2015

Activities at the Doge’s Palace

ACTIVITIES AT PALAZZO DUCALE  2014-15 FOR NON-ITALIAN SPEAKING VISITORS

Active tours

Parties and Pomp: Doge’s Tales
During the tour of Doge’s Palace, the young visitors will discover, thanks to info cards and visual aids, the main representative figure of the Serenissima Republic. The doge’s symbols of power, the costumes, the parties and the celebrations that have enriched the history and the Venetian culture will be presented in a dynamic journey that will develop through the rooms of the ducal apartment. At the end of the activity, the attention will be focused on the figure of the “dogaressa” and on the reasons why there were only very few wives of doges to have the honour of being crowned, in a lavish ceremony, thoroughly documented in the paintings of the palace.
Who is it for: Kindergarten and Primary School (Grades 1-2)
Duration: 2 hours
When: Everyday
Time: From 8:30 on
Languages: Italian, English, French

The perfect crime. Find the culprit in the Doge’s Palace
A crime that actually took place in the Doge’s Palace in the middle of the fifteenth century is the leitmotif of an itinerary that winds its way through the most important places in the Palace – from the courtyard, the institutional chambers, the prisons and the Doge’s apartment – trying to discover the countless clues that will shed light on an intricate event that took place when Francesco Foscari was doge.
Who is it for: Primary School (Grades 3-5) and Lower Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: Every day
Time: From 8.30 on
Languages: Italian, English, French, Russian

The halls of power
The tour focuses primarily on the state rooms of the Doge’s Palace, where the impressive series of paintings, exciting pictures, magnificent sculptures and ornaments decorate the rooms that were the prestigious offices for the administration of the Serenissima. Through this course, the students will be aided by info cards for the important pieces of artwork. The complex operation of the machinery of government at the time of the Republic will be outlined, also highlighting the iconographic programme promoted by the Venetian ruling class to establish and celebrate the legendary  Venice.
Who is it for: Lower and Upper Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: Every day
Time: From 8.30 on
Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Russian

The Secrets of the Doges and the Republic
What stories were hidden behind the figure of the Venetian Doge? What did he represent? The first part of the tour will focus on the rooms of the ducal apartment where the students will get an in-depth look at the festive representations of the Doge, the symbolic figures that were the backbone of the Serenissima Republic and some of their famous tales. The second part of the journey foresees an analysis of the institutional and decision-making roles of the Republic.
Who is it for: Lower Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: Everyday
Time: From 8:30 on
Languages: Italian, English, French