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

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

Experience the magnificence and mystery of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this skip-the-line ticket. Head to the front of the queue with your guide, and then wander through the palace’s ornate public rooms as you learn the history of Venice’s powerful rulers. Admire magnificent interior artwork, including Renaissance masterpieces by painters Tintoretto and Veronese. Explore the palace’s darker side with a visit to the prison quarters and a walk across the notorious Bridge of Sighs.


  • 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

One of the architectural and cultural highlights of Venice, the Doge’s Palace was the seat of the Venetian Republic and its rulers for centuries. Meet your local guide at Venice’s Royal Gardens for a short walk to the palace in St Mark’s Square. Admire the magnificent Gothic exterior before heading to the front of the long queue with your skip-the-line ticket.

Wander through the palace’s awe-inspiring public rooms, decorated from floor to ceiling with gilded decor and elaborate murals. Admire masterpieces of Renaissance painting, including works by Tintoretto and the striking Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice by Veronese. As you explore, listen to your guide’s narration through provided headsets so all visitors can hear clearly.

See the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten and learn about the powerful and secretive practices the mighty doges used to rule the Venetian Republic for centuries. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the adjoining New Prison complex, where convicts and enemies of the republic were confined. Walk in the footsteps of the condemned as you explore the foreboding hallways and cells of the prison. Your 2-hour tour concludes back outside the palace in the welcoming, open air of St Mark’s Square.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were in the Oct 14 9am tour. We enjoyed every minute thanks to our guide who was very knowledgeable about the history that every character and room came alive. He is very passionate about his work a rare gem. We highly recommend this tour and if it's with our guide that'll be a huge bonus!

Tricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A must see to understand how Venice became such a world trade center. Also, it was extremely interested on how they grew their city without the Vatican and its church.

Hilary S

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.

Cynthia A

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.

Ian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative and a great tour, highly recommended

Donna B

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!!

Angela I

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.

John P

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.

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