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  • Address: San Marco, 1, Venice, Veneto 31024, Italy
  • Hours: 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) Tours

The powerful Doges ruled the Venetian Empire from the Gothic fantasy palace that is Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) until 1797. The site was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at St Mark's Square, and the doges ruled with an iron fistójustice was often meted out here. Today, the site is one of the most well-known attractions in Italy.

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.

  • 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.

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.

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

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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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit, Venice, null
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit

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Explore St Mark’s Basilica without the crowds on an after-hours tour, and enjoy an optional visit to Doge's Palace, if you wish. Inside St Mark’s Basilica, ...  Read more

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

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Venice Private Tour for Families with Gondola Ride, Venice, Night Tours
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Venice Private Tour for Families with Gondola Ride

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This exclusive private tour is the perfect tour for families with kids, who want a complete overview of Venice with a wonderful child-friendly private guide. ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $205.07
Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour, Venice, Kid Friendly Tours & Activities
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Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Combined guided tour of the Doges Palace and Saint Marks Basilica. This combined walking tour lets you explore and hear stories of the Venetian Doge and his ...  Read more

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

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Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square Museums Skip-the-Line Tour in Venice, Venice, Skip-the-Line ... 
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Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square Museums Skip-the-Line Tour in Venice

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Super combo-saver! An incredible 2.5-hour walking tour of Venice and its main highlights, St. Mark’s Square which bring you back to the centuries and history ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Doge's Palace Guided Plus Tickets to Three St Mark's Square Museums, Venice, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Doge's Palace Guided Plus Tickets to Three St Mark's Square Museums

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A qualified tour guide will lead you on a visit (1 hour) of the residence of the Doge, discovering its breathtaking rooms. Jump back into the political and ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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Morning Venice Walking Tour plus Doge's Palace Guided Visit, Venice, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Morning Venice Walking Tour plus Doge's Palace Guided Visit

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Take part in this 3-hour tour that combines a fascinating walk through the historic centre of Venice and a guided visit to the Doge’s Palace. You will pass ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

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Doge's Palace, Unusual Venice and Gondola Ride Tour, Venice, Walking Tours
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Doge's Palace, Unusual Venice and Gondola Ride Tour

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Admire Venice from the land and water on a fascinating combo tour that includes a guided visit of the Doge's Palace, an unusual walk through the lesser-known ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Doge's Palace and Venice Walking Tour Plus St. Mark's Square Museums, Venice, Cultural Tours
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Doge's Palace and Venice Walking Tour Plus St. Mark's Square Museums

An incredible guided tour which throws you back to the centuries and history of the Glorious Republic of Venice! Skip the line: Doge’s Palace Guided Tour and ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 9 minutes (approx.)

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Private Tour: Venice Walk, Gondola, and Private Boat Tour ending on Murano Island with Venetian ... 
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Private Tour: Venice Walk, Gondola, and Private Boat Tour ending on Murano Island with Venetian Lunch and Glass Factory Visit

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Private tour discovering a unique Venice with a qualified guide that will let you discover the city of Marco Polo and his treasures. By walk, gondola and ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

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If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.28

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