The building was previously exclusive to royalty and politicians.
One of the city’s most famous buildings, the Procuratie Vecchie, will become a center for art, seminars, and activism.
Venice counts a bounty of charming sites among its cobblestone streets and historic canals, but none more famous than the Piazza San Marco. The Procuratie Vecchie palace, which takes up the piazza’s north side, stars in countless vacation photos as a sprawling stone background, but its doors have been long closed to the public. But as Lonely Planet notes, that’s about to change, as the city just recently announced it will reopen the palace to the public after a facelift—a reopening that’s 500 years in the making.