The Procuratie Vecchie is one of St. Mark's Square's oldest buildings.
Constructed in the 13th century and consisting of a continuous one-storey structure above a long ground-floor arcade, they underwent alterations during the 16th-century renovatio urbis. The 16th century also saw the start of construction work on the Procuratie Nuove, which, together with the later Napoleonic Wing, formed the sides of the square.
During the years of French rule, when plans were drawn up to turn the Procuratie Nuove into a royal palace, the decision was taken to create a garden extending the building towards the waterfront. The Royal Gardens were opened in full to the public in 1920, and their ownership passed to the City of Venice. Generali will give new life to the historic palace of the Procuratie Vecchie, currently under restoration with David Chipperfield Architects coordinating the works and will be open to the public for the first time in 500 years once completed in 2021. They will be reopened to the public and The Human Safety Net, Generali's initiative for the communities, will be based there.