Ancient and illustrious family of uncertain origin, according to tradition they originated in Milan even if for someone coming from Aquileia, in both cases they would have settled in Venice from Musestre, in the Venetian mainland, around the year 1000.

It is one of the most famous, rich and long-lived lineages of the Venetian aristocracy, he lived in the Palazzo Mocenigo (old house) in San Samuele on the Grand Canal and then expanded into an adjacent building called Casa Nuova (the main branch of the family resided in San Samuele while the affiliate in San Stae).

Among his illustrious descendants he had procurators, administrators, wise men, ambassadors, ecclesiastics, men of culture and seven doges (Thomas 1343 - 1423, Pietro 1406 - 1476, Giovanni 1408 - 1485, Alvise I 1507 - 1577 winner of Lepanto, Alvise II 1628 - 1709, Alvise III Sebastiano 1662 - 1732 and Alvise IV Giovanni 1701 - 1778). Four palaces bear the name of the family as evidence of the fame and wealth of this, in its time, numerous dynasty.

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