Doge's Palace
Doge's Palace
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesArchitectural BuildingsBridges
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural decoration date from various periods. The interior, with works by artists such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, A.Vittoria and Tiepolo, includes vast council chambers, superbly decorated residential apartments, and austere prison cells. Along the facades of the Palace run loggias that overlook St. Mark’s Square and the lagoon. The combined entrance ticket to the St. Mark’s Square Museums grants access to the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of Biblioteca Marciana.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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  • Simone B
    Mona Vale, Australia389 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place with so much history and art in an amazing area
    We were tired and almost didn’t visit but we are so glad we did. This seems like Italy’s version of Versailles but on a much smaller scale. So much history, artworks and a surprise was the prisons. Facilities were clean an immaculate. I would suggest going at the end of the day as so not to many crowds
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Jeff L
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see While in Venice
    This was part of our St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access and Doge's Palace Tour. The guide was fantastic. We purposely took the small group tour so we could maximize our time and see as much as possible. We recommend this tour!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Andy W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to see!
    I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this tour but I am very glad that we went! The palace is filled with beautiful art and architecture. The walk across the bridge of sighs and the prison area was cool to experience to. We bought tickets in advance directly from the palace and didn’t have to wait in line at all.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Perthgirl2017
    Houston, Texas7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History at its best
    We took the tour of the Doge's palace and St. Mark's Basilica with Alessandra Ranalli from City Wonders. It was a fantastic experience. Alessandra is very knowledgeable and is happy to answer all your questions. The way she explains things you can actually remember a lot of facts after the visit has ended. As she is from Venice herself she is also able to give you other helpful tips not related to the Doge's palace. I would definitely recommend this tour as it gives you a glimpse into Venice's long and proud history.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Dallas Lee W
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    We truly enjoyed our visit to Doge's Palace. We were lucky given it was a last minute decision and we did not have skip the line tickets. Line was long but moved fast so wait was minimal. Tremendous history in the palace with beautiful architecture and furnishings. We did not have the guided tour and still learned a lot of history and took some amazing photos.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Laura B
    Los Angeles, California275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-Do
    Highly recommend this one! It was a hot day and skipping the long line was more than worth it. Take the tour in the morning if you can because the palace is not air conditioned and if you're a delicate flower like my husband, it will be too hot and humid! Absolutely visually stunning! Photos don't do it justice.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Stu151
    Wickford, United Kingdom1,788 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning (but very expensive)
    One of the "must visit" places in Venice. Very good audio guide (extra 5 euros) explains what you are seeing in excellent detail. Visually stunning, but I must add that at 25 euros (timed entry) this is starting to get expensive. Visit early to avoid (huge) crowds. (Be warned numerous steps, and no lift - totally impossible to have a lift given age/nature of building)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Kallang
    530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big stunning palace
    A really big palace in Venice. Beautiful and ornate with many rooms and paintings to digest. Paid for the audio guide but I think it would have been better to go with a real guide. There is just so much to digest. It stands unchanged for hundreds of years. Was pretty crowded but it is large enough to take in the crowds. Bought a ticket in advance but people who did not do so did not appear to have a problem coming in.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Zoe W
    Kent, United Kingdom238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    August Visit (no queue)
    The stunning murals and pictures are beautiful and the size of the rooms are amazing. Lots of great architecture, but the most interesting and famous part is the Bridge of Sighs. It’s smaller than you imagine, but you understand why it is called that.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • A Conway
    146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible
    Incredible place, filled with history and incredible display. The line to buy ticket was small, service quick. There is so much to see and could easily spend 2 hours. It’s absolutely glorious!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
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RichardS069
Melbourne, Australia201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We did the Secret Itinerary Tour which takes you through the old prisons and the Administrative rooms. This was booked directly and went for an hour. Our tour guide Aurora was fabulous, she really knew how to bring the stories to life. We saw the prison cells the poor were in and the ones the richer were put in including Casanova’s cells. Afterwards we were able to see the Palace by ourselves and walk through the bridge of sighs to the new prisons. The guide said Napoleon closed the older prisons we saw on the tour.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend
Written June 14, 2024
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scottyonholiday
Dorset, England84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We booked the Secret Itinerary Tour and enjoyed seeing and hearing the history of the Palace and all that went on inside. We were then able to walk at our leisure around the rest of the building. It was amazing to see the painted ceilings and panelling. Very recommended for your trip to Venice
Written June 12, 2024
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John S
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The Doge's Palace offers a deep dive into Venice's history. The rooms are opulent and Crossing the Bridge of Sighs was a unique experience
Written June 11, 2024
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Lynne A
Los Angeles, CA1,986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
What an amazing place right on San Marcos Square. The ceiling frescos alone are worth the trip but amazing sculpture and a dungeon. Beautiful courtyard. They have a care, a gift shop and bag storage. Worth the money.
Written June 10, 2024
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Barbara D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We booked the Secret Itineraries Tour, which was very fun! Most of it was in the prison, with the guide giving us super interesting stories about famous inmates like Casavova! After the tour, we were able to visit the other rooms of the Palace (without any extra fee) for as long as we wanted. The tour only had about 25 people, which was nice, but it books up early. We went in May, and it was hot in the prison. I think they suspend the tour in the summer when it gets too hot.
Written June 6, 2024
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John M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Pay for the audio guide it is worth the 5 euro. My girlfriend and I both enjoyed the tour with audio description of all the art and history we were seeing. Highlight
Written June 5, 2024
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Roger P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The private tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice was booked through LivTours and Jorge served as our guide. What an amazing building, steeped in art and history, Jorge is an incredible guide. The insights and information he shared during the tour was so enriching. And the restaurant recommendation for lunch was outstanding too. Thank you, Jorge. Highly recommend the Doge’s Palace tour for anyone visiting Venice.
Written May 31, 2024
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Chris B
Knoxville, TN124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The Palazzo Ducale is a monument to the power and influence of Venice over the centuries. Looking at the tremendous impact of Venice on the Mediterranean world, one could be forgiven for calling it an empire, and the Palazzo Ducale is a tactile testament to the wealth and opulence of this imperial and seldom benevolent (if supposedly “serene”) maritime power. Be prepared to be astounded by the art, carvings, gilding, and ornamentation of this magnificent and imposing palace.
Written May 27, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
If you dare navigate through the crowds of tourists at St. Mark's Square, you will be rewarded with views of this magnificent building. One of the truly great Renaissance structures in the world, the seat of power in an old empire.
Written May 26, 2024
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Angela M
Toronto149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Informative, interesting and wonderful Secret Itineraries tour with a lovely tour guide. My husband who usually does not like tours thought it was well paced and informative.
Be prepared to be in some tight spaces especially the first part of tour you’re standing in a cell with over 20 people.
The guide provided interesting and fascinating information and insight and I would highly recommend this tour.
Please note that you cannot take backpacks into the Palace for this tour and will have to leave in cloakroom.
Written May 25, 2024
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