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  • Address: San Marco, 1
  • Hours: Open Summer 9am-7pm (until 6pm in Winter)
  • Admission: € 13 for a Piazza San Marco museum pass

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Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Until 1797, the Doges ruled the Venetian Empire and the Palazzo Ducale was where they ruled from. A Venetian Gothic fantasy palace, it was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at Saint Mark's Square. The Doges lived here and the government offices were also in this building. Justice was meted out here and the Golden Book, listing all the important families of Venice, was housed here. No one whose family was not in the Golden Book would ever be made Doge. It was an extremely political process ruling Venice and residents could accuse others of wrong doing by anonymously slipping a note into the Mouth of Truth.

Inside the palace is wonderful art (paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese), majestic staircases, the Doge's apartments, the government chambers, the prison cells and the Bridge of Sighs. Outside, along the piazzetta, each column is different. Between the ninth and tenth column death sentences were declared and executions carried out between the freestanding columns in the piazzetta next to the lagoon. Even today Venetians won't walk between them. A final chance to live was given if you could walk around the edge of the third column on the seaward side of the palace: try it - no one ever succeeded.

Practical Info

The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) is located next to St Mark's Church in St Mark's Square. Vaporetto S. Marco/Vallaresso. 

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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

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Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours

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Doge's Palace Guided Tour

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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

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Standard Tour: approx. 1.5h/2h
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit

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Duration: 1.5 - 3.5 hours

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Doge's Palace, Unusual Venice and Gondola Ride Tour

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Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

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