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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

Skip the lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace in Venice and uncover its highlights and secrets on a 2-hour tour. Walk right past the main entrance queues with your knowledgeable guide, and delve into the magnificent palace’s history as you explore its lavish public chambers. See prized Italian Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese, and learn about the dark deeds of the city’s former rulers and secret service. Then, wander across the world-famous Bridge of Sighs and end your tour with a visit to the New Prisons.


  • 2-hour tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Skip the long lines and enjoy fast-track admission to the magnificent Venetian-Gothic palace
  • Explore the beautiful public chambers and see Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Learn about the dogs of Venice who ruled the republic with iron fists
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs and tour the New Prisons

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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with Doges Palace

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens in Venice and stroll to Doge's Palace, the majestic Venetian-Gothic building from where the leaders of the former Venetian Republic ruled until the late 18th century.

Plug into your provided headset to ensure you can hear your guide’s commentary clearly, and then, with your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the main entrance queues and head inside. Begin by exploring the grandiose public chambers, whose walls are studded with masterpieces by Renaissance artists Tintoretto and Veronese.

See Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice, a vibrant ceiling panel in the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, and the slot where accusations of treason were passed to Venice’s feared secret service. Learn, too, about the extravagant doges and hear of the power and treachery that characterized their reign.

Then, wander across the world-famous Bridge of Sighs, which was built to connect the palace to the network of prisons established by the doges so they could keep a close eye on their foes. Look out over the historical waterways and pose for photos.

End your tour with a walk around the eerie New Prisons before bidding your guide a fond farewell outside the palace.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was very interesting. It was a perfect way to see the Doge's Palace and not deal with the lines.
The tour guide was a local woman and she was excellent. She gave a lot of information about the history and politics of the Palace. It was nice to have a guide help with understanding it all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very knowledgeable guide with LOTS of patience and info. Took time to answer all the questions and gave great insight to this amazing place.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great guide and lots of information about the Palace. I would have definitely missed a lot of the history if I had just gone by myself. The tour is in the morning so there wasn't much of a queue but when we came back out it had grown so worth it if you are short on time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative and a great tour, highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Was fabulous!! The tour guide was incredible. He took the time to answer questions and explained everything so you could understand everything you were seeing. This was our best tour by far!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A very interesting and informative tour - the guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable, patient with questions and spoke extremely good English.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We were able to bypass a very long line. Our guide was very knowledgable. Great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent. The arrangements for meeting were great. Our guide Frederika was passionate about Venice and most informative. The two hours we spent on the tour certainly enhanced our days in Venice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guide was excellent. A guided visit was definitely the way to go. It wouldn't have been half as good without the history and commentary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was well organised, the guide was very interesting and entertaining. Definitely worth doing.

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