The Venetian Doge was the head of the Republic for nearly a thousand years until the city lost its independence during the Napoleonic wars. Today, the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) stands as a monument to the fiercely proud Venetian spirit. Guided tours take you through the city’s administrative offices, Casanova’s jail, and up on the 500-year-old roof. Admission also includes the Correr Museum, which includes a fine collection of globes, Roman antiques and a picture gallery. Join the other visitors at the Museum Café’s patio on San Marco square.