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Palazzo delle Prigioni

Once a jail, now a concert hall

Interior of the Palazzo dei Prigioni

Part of the Palazzo Ducale tour, the Palazzo delle Prigioni was designed in the 16th century by Antonio Da Ponte, the same who designed the Rialto Bridge. Only two prisoners ever escaped: Casanova and his monkish accomplice.

In 1919, the last cons left, and shortly after the palazzo began to find a new use as a concert hall; in the evenings, the Collegium Ducale orchestra performs classics from the orchestral or opera repertoire.

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Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art