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The Dogaressa: icon of power and sophistication throughout the centuries in Venice

The Palazzo Vescovile of Portogruaro presents a fascinating journey through the centuries of Venetian history with the extraordinary exhibition ” La Dogaressa tra storia e mito. Venezianità al femminile dal Medioevo al Novecento ” (The Dogaressa between history and myth. Venetian femininity from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century), which will take place from 16.12.2023 to 19.03.2024.

This unique exhibition focuses on the figure of the Dogaressa, the wife of the Venetian Doge, and gives her the recognition she deserves as a true “First Lady ante litteram“.

The charm of the Dogaressa

The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to discover the feminine side of Venice through a wide range of artworks including paintings, books, prints, textiles, dresses and objects made of Murano glass.

These pieces reveal fascinating stories and details from the lives of the famous Dogaressas and other female personalities, including Peggy Guggenheim.

These women not only played a prestigious role alongside their husbands, but also distinguished themselves as promoters of entrepreneurial projects and innovative initiatives, making a significant contribution to the history of Venice.

An immersive exhibition

Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the elegance and sophistication that characterized the lives of the Dogaressas, exploring the details of their existence through precious objects and artistic representations.

From the splendors of the Serenissima to contemporary times, the exhibition offers a fascinating journey through history and myth, outlining the unique role played by these women in the evolution of Venice.

Enrich your winter stay in Bibione and Lignano with Europa Tourist Group by discovering the fascinating and often unknown side of Venetian history through the eyes and deeds of the Dogaressas, women who left an indelible mark on the storyline of the Serenissima.


Opening times
  • Tuesday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday closed

Palazzo Vescovile – Via del Seminario, 19
Portogruaro (VE)

  • Full price: € 10.00
  • Reduced: € 8.00 (university students up to 26 years old, over 65, FAI members, citizens residing in the municipality of Portogruaro, Italo customers with train ticket to Portogruaro)
  • Students and school groups: € 5.00
  • Free: (minors up to 5 years old, disabled + 1 accompanying person, minors with disabilities L.104/92)

Guided tours:

  • School groups: € 8.00 per student (including entrance fee)
  • Groups: € 60.00 (minimum 10 pax + 1 free escort)
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