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Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

San Marco, 1, Venice, Veneto, 31024

The Basics

The Palace of Doges is a significant historical site in Venice, with many travelers arriving to hear about the strict rule of the Venice Doges from an expert local guide. The site is most often visited on a two- to five-hour Venice tour and can be combined with a stop at St Mark's Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges. Inside the palace, admire the many paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, and climb the narrow staircases to visit the Doge's apartments and the prison cells, as well as the ducal notary. Outside the palace is the Bridge of Sighs and the beautiful columns along the piazzetta.

The popular Secret Itineraries tour allow visitors, accompanied by a guide, into chambers of the palace not open to the general public. You'll see the secret chancellery where the delicate work of governing was done, the secret archives, the torture room, and the cell from which the famous writer Giacomo Casanova made his escape.

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
$93.24 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Doge Palace & Cathedral a must visit!!
Elena our tour guide was very engaging and really brought the tour to life for us! They are two fascinating pieces of history, and definitely worth your time and money to get a sense of Venetian history.
Bruce_M, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Overall worth it
Joni_L, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket & Guide Book
It is as initially confusing but we did find the kiosk as stated. Due to Covid, we still waited in line but it was stemless once admitted. Excellent interiors though my art historian husband thought that Ca’ Rezenico has better art.
star-5
Well done tour
Mike_K, Jul 2021
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
The guide was excellent; very knowledgeable of Venice and the history behind it. The skip the line at the Doge's palace was valuable, but recent COVID restrictions made the skip line line impossible for St. Mark's Basilica (for all tour guides in town). Still, the wait to get into the Basilica was not long, and felt even shorter as our guide continue to provide us information during the wait. I would book again if I return to Venice.
star-5
Doge Palace & Cathedral a must visit!!
Bruce_M, Oct 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Elena our tour guide was very engaging and really brought the tour to life for us! They are two fascinating pieces of history, and definitely worth your time and money to get a sense of Venetian history.
star-5
Truly amazing
Thomas_P, Oct 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and the church and duomo were amazing. The intricacies of how these buildings were built is astonishing
star-5
Enjoyable and Thorough
Dana_A, Oct 2021
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
He learns so much more on a tour than going so low walking through beautiful history like these two places. We had a great guide and I learned very much.
star-4
Using the tour guide is well worth the money!
Gretchen_L, Oct 2021
Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride
Due to flooding, we could not visit the Basilica; however, we did tour the Doge Gallery. Our guide was very informative and humorous. He provided a lot of background information about the palace itself as well as Venice as a whole - information that we would not gained had we not used the tour.
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Doge's palace tour was...
Adrian_V, Oct 2021
Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
Doge's palace tour was quick and informative. Tour guide was nice and patient. St. Mark's basilica was canceled due to flooding, but got a refund.
star-5
Great tour of Doge’s palace
Colleen_M, Oct 2021
Doge's Palace & Prisons Ticket and Tour
Great tour. Our guide Georgia was extremely knowledgeable and learning about the history and politics of Venice was enlightening.
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Amazing tour!
Sara_M, Oct 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
Fantastic day!!! Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, and fun to spend the day with. Real professionals. I’d highly recommend as a great way to cut the lines and see the “must do’s” within Venice in short order but also with a good amount of depth. The gondola ride was also a lot of fun!
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The tour guide was very...
Carlos_A, Sep 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour. She was excellent.
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Amazing places, rich history
Christa_S, Sep 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Abigail, our guide was awesome. We had a small private tour through the Doge's palace and Basilica, both were fantastic places to see and taking a tour gave us the background information to make it a much more rich experience.
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Great tour guide
Gary_H, Sep 2021
Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour
Lara, our tour guide, was exceptional and really knew her facts. She was fun and enthusiastic and did not make us feel rushed. We learned a lot!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The palace is best explored on a guided tour for an in-depth historical understanding.

  • Booking a St. Mark's museum pass allows access to the three museums in St. Mark's Square.

  • The palace is wheelchair accessible, and an audio guide is available for rental.

  • The majority of palace tours include Venice hotel pickup and dropoff, although a few tours offer departures from Florence and Milan.

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How to Get to the Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) is located next to St. Mark's Church in St. Mark's Square. The site is easily accessible by vaporetto (the public water taxi) on the Grand Canal or on foot.

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When to Get There

Summertime is popular in Venice; be prepared for lines and crowds. The palace's hours vary seasonally.

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A Haunting History

Death sentences were declared between the 9th and 10th columns outside the palace, while executions were carried out between the freestanding columns in the piazzetta next to the lagoon; even today Venetians won't walk between them. A final chance at life was offered if the accused were able to walk around the edge of the third column on the seaward side of the palace.

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