Throughout a millennium of Venetian History, 120 doges ruled the Serenissima.
Here you are a few curiosities about doges you maybe don’t know yet!
Francesco Foscari was elected the 65th Doge of Venice in 1423. His reigned for 34 years becoming the longest-lasting ruler of the Republic.
Francesco Corner has been the 101st Doge: he held the crown just for 35 days, during 1618
Francesco Morosini was crowned the 108th Doge of Venice: during the siege of Athens in 1687 his cannons blew the Parthenon up.
Enrico Dandolo was the 42nd Doge: he is the only one not to be buried in Venice. He was already in his 90’s when he led venetian army during 4th Crusade: he died in Constantinopole and was buried in the church of Hagia Sophia.
Marin Faliero was the 55th venetian Doge, elected in 1354: he is the only Doge to be arrested and beheaded for treason.
Paoluccio Anafesto was the very first Doge of Venice: he was elected by members of twelve aristocratic families in 697 AD.
Ludovico Manin was the 120th and last Doge of Venice: when Napoleon arrived in Venice in 1797, he abdicated, interrupting a thousand-year tradition.
Doge’s wife was called Dogaressa. Dogaressa Morosina Morosini’s coronation in 1597 is considered the most expensive and sumptuous venetian ceremony of all times: parties and celebrations lasted for 3 days, during which she wore a golden silk robe and her following consisted of 400 young noble ladies.