Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Tours

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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.

Location
Address: San Marco, 1, Venice, Veneto 31024, Italy
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Hours: Summer 9am-7pm (until 6pm in winter)
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Admission: € 13 for a Piazza San Marco museum pass
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Doge's Palace Priority Entry - Admission to 4 St Mark's Museums

A single ticket valid for the Doge’s Palace and the combined itinerary of Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.  This ticket is valid for 3 months and grants one single admission to the Doge’s Palace and the combined itinerary.
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

Delve into Venetian history on a 3-hour tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy entrance access to your first stop: legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

Visit two of the most popular attractions in Venice with this skip-the-line guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica.
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Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours

Enjoy the best of Venice with this guided walking tour plus skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. Explore the best that the canal city has to offer, winding your way through narrow alleys, and see Venice's top attractions.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Grand Day Tour of Venice with Skip-the Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica

Explore the best of Venice at a 10% discount with this Super Saver combo of three popular tours. Skip the line at the Doge’s Palace, where you can wander through ornate public rooms and across the notorious Bridge of Sighs. You’ll also head to the front of the long queue at St Mark’s Basilica to tour the dazzling interior of this Byzantine masterpiece and enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice’s hidden gems. Finally, cruise down the Grand Canal aboard a motorboat and soak in the majestic passing scenery.
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Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

View two highlights of St. Mark’s Square in Venice without waiting in the main entrance lines on this 2-hour walking tour. Bypass the ticket lines at the Doge’s Palace to see its gilded rooms, and cross the Bridge of Sighs to the prison building as you learn about the 1,000-year history of Venice’s republic. Then, tour St. Mark’s Basilica to admire the mosaics and treasures of this Byzantine masterpiece. Admission fees included.
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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

See two of Venice's top sights in one 2-hour tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Enjoy skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines that typically form outside these important attractions. Marvel at the golden mosaics that adorn the interior of St. Mark's Basilica, one of the finest masterpiece of Byzantine art. Walk through the ornately-decorated halls of the Doge's Palace and imagine life during the Venetian golden age. Immerse yourself in the history of Venice through two of its most important buildings.
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Skip the Line: St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace Private Tour

Experience the grandeur and history of Venice on this private tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Admire the shimmering mosaics and golden altars of the city’s most famous cathedral, and see masterpieces by Titian and Tintoretto as you wander through the lavish chambers of the Venetian Republic’s one-time rulers. Skip the long lines at both attractions with priority access, so you don't waste a minute of precious vacation time.
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Venice Private Tour for Families with Gondola Ride

Visiting Venice with kids in tow? This private sightseeing tour is specially designed for families, with a focus on child-friendly activities and commentary that’s as entertaining as it is educational. Avoid the queues with skip-the-line entrance to St Mark’s Basilica and Doge's Palace; enjoy a walking tour of St Mark's Square and the Bridge of Sighs; and discover the Byzantine treasures of St Mark's Museum. Stop along the way to tuck into a complimentary ice cream, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a 30-minute ride along the Venetian canals.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit

See the wonders of Venice's St Mark's Basilica without the crowds during this after-hours, small-group tour. Learn about the basilica's famed mosaics from your guide and explore the crypt below the church to see where St Mark's remains are said to lie. Upgrade to see the Doge's Palace after the basilica and wander the former home of the Venetian Republic's government.
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Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

The Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica are two of Venice’s most beloved destinations, but the two landmarks can have ticket lines to match. See both landmarks with a private guide on a 2-hour tour that includes skip the line access, so you can make the most of your time in Venice.  
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Venice Landmarks: Walking Tour Plus St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

See the most important attractions in Venice with this half-day walking tour of St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the neighborhood between St. Mark's and the Rialto Bridge. Walk the busy streets from St. Mark's to the Rialto area to learn more about these lively neighborhoods. Walk past the queues with skip-the-line access for a guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Learn more about Venetian history at these two famous sights.
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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.
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Doge's Palace Guided Tour With Skip-the-Line Entry

Skip the line and leave the modern world behind on a 2-hour guided tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Discover layers of rich history, from 14th-century foundations to a gilded staircase and the picturesque Bridge of Sighs. Step into the world of powerful doges, merchants and explorers, and learn about Venetian culture and traditions through one of the city’s most dramatic landmarks.
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Doge's Palace Guided Tour

See the Doge's Palace, which served as the center of power in the Venetian Republic, with this skip-the-line 1-hour guided tour. Marvel at the artistic treasures in the palace, including paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. Walk through ornately-decorated halls and imagine Venice in its so-called Golden Age. Walk across the Bridge of Sighs from the Doge's Palace into the infamous prison, where Casanova was once held. Enjoy personalized attention from a knowledgeable local guide.
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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

See two of Venice’s most iconic attractions and save 10% when you book them together with this Super Saver. Head to the front of the long queues with skip-the-line access to the famed Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. Learn the history behind these architectural wonders from your local guide, and explore some of Venice’s lesser-known sights on a walking tour. Complete both tours in the same day with a 3-hour break in between to spend at your leisure.
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Absolute Venice Walking Tour with Skip the Line Golden Basilica and Doges Palace

Saint Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace are two landmarks rarely left off any Venice Itinerary, but their popularity means that visitors often spend more time queuing outside than exploring inside. Visit both on this 4-hour tour, including skip-the-line entrance and a walking tour of romantic Venice.
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Soak up the medieval romance of Venice by land and by sea on this combo walking and gondola tour. Learn about the history of the mighty maritime republic as you explore the famous monuments of St. Mark's Square with a guide, stopping outside St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Then, climb aboard a traditional Venetian gondola for a shared ride along the Grand Canal and some of the city’s quieter waterways — a classic Venice experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes
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Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square Museums Skip-the-Line Tour in Venice

Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace in Venice without having to wait in line on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and a guided tour of Doge’s Palace, explore the palaces and museums of St. Mark’s Square at your own pace, then enjoy an optional cruise to visit a glass factory on Murano Island.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the powerful leaders who once ruled the Venetian Republic on a skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace. Bypass the long wait to get inside the magnificent palazzo in the heart of St. Mark's Square, and follow a guide through historic halls, chambers, and apartments richly decorated with treasures of Renaissance art. Leave the grandeur behind when you cross the famous Bridge of Sighs to enter the old prison, listening to legends of the many figures who passed through this must-see Venetian landmark.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Doge's Palace Guided Plus Tickets to Three St Mark's Square Museums

Tour the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the seat of political power in Venice throughout several centuries, with a guide's engaging commentary. Then, wrap up your tour with tickets to three other area museums (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana), as well as an optional Murano Island glass factory tour.
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Doges Palace Walking Tour

If it’s your first time in Venice, the Doges Palace is probably top of your must-see list, and this 1-hour Doges Palace tour ensures you make the most of your time. Avoid the queues with skip-the-line entrance, walk across the iconic Bridge of Sighs, marvel at the Golden Staircase, and admire art masterpieces by Tintoretto and Titian.
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Morning Venice Walking Tour plus St Mark's Basilica Guided Visit

See the best of Venice with a 2.5-hour combined walking tour of some of the hidden parts of the city and a skip-the-line visit to St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy seeing some of the hidden gems many visitors miss in the most popular parts of Venice from St. Mark's Square to the Rialto Bridge. Take in the gorgeous mosaics inside St. Mark's Basilica, including the rarely-seen Golden Pall.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Venice Highlights: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica, and Walking Tour

Get acquainted with the architectural gems and proud history of Venice on a combo walking tour of the city center followed by a guided visit to the city’s crown jewels — the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Step inside the Gothic palace that once held both Venice’s leaders and prisoners, and then admire the gold mosaics and ornate altars of the grand Byzantine basilica. Reserved entry means you'll skip the long lines at these two popular attractions, leaving more time to soak up the romance of ‘La Serenissima.’
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tour of Venice from St.Mark's Square

Get to know Venice on street (and canal) level on this half-day walking tour, originating at St. Mark's Square. With a guide, stop by highlights such as the Clock Tower, the Bell Tower, the Doge's Palace, and the Basilica of St. Mark's while listening to engaging commentary on Venice's history. Skip-the-line entrance to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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