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Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
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 fist—justice 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.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • 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.
Address: San Marco, 1, Venice, Veneto 31024, Italy
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Doge's Palace Priority Entry - Admission to 4 St Mark's Museums

The magnificent Doge’s Palace is among the most popular attractions in Venice, and there is often a long wait to enter. With this priority ticket, save hours by skipping the line and going straight to the palace’s masterpieces by Titian, Veronese, Tiepolo, and Tintoretto. Have enough time left over to visit three other treasures on St. Mark’s Square: the Correr Museum; National Archaeology Museum; and Biblioteca Marciana.
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Venice Must-Sees: St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Fast Track Tour

See two of Venice's top sights in one 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
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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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Doges Palace Guided Walking Tour

If it’s your first time in Venice, the Doges Palace is probably top of your must-see list, and this 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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour in Venice

Skip the line for entrance to one of the most important symbols of Venice, the Doge's Palace, during this 1-hour guided tour. Walk through the impressive structure, once the first sight greeting ships coming in from the lagoon, full of gold staircases and paintings by masters like Tintoretto and Veronese. Admire examples of Byzantine and Oriental architecture as you listen to your guide's commentary on an included headset. Entrance fees included.
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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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Powerful Venice

This fascinating tour of Doge’s Palace will teach you about Venice’s history, politics, and even the prisoners who lived there. You'll avoid long visitor lines by having a skip-the-line ticket included. Get more out of your experience by exploring the Palace with a guide—their commentary will teach you about Venice’s history and famous residents as you explore the Palace rooms. See incredible paintings, the Bridge of Sighs, and learn about Casanova’s famous prison escape.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Expert Led Private Tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice

A private walking tour of the Doge's Palace with a scholar
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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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Venice Doge's Palace 3 Hour Private Tour

For centuries, Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) represented the seat of Venetian political power. The versatile building—built in Venetian Gothic architectural style—has served as everything from a palace to a prison to a museum. On this in-depth private tour, learn about the building’s history and famous prisoners. An optional visit to a glass factory in Murano is included in the price.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Power and Gondolas in Venice

Learn about Venice’s history and the extravagant former home of Venetian political power—Doge’s Palace. Instead of waiting in long visitor lines, you’ll have a guarantee to skip-the-line as admission tickets are included. See the Bridge of Sighs and the underground prisons at Doge’s Palace too. This fascinating tour ends with a gondola ride along the Grand Canal.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Classic Private Tour of Doge's Palace

Get a private introduction to the world of Venice’s powerful one-time rulers on a tour of the Doge’s Palace. Skip the long entrance line with an included priority admission ticket, and head straight inside the Gothic palace to explore grand halls and apartments filled with Renaissance art, plus the notorious prison. A private guide ensures you see all the highlights and fills in details about the Venetian Republic’s fascinating history.
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Venice: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tours

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS• Go through the rooms and chambers of the Doge’s palace• Skip-the-line to Doge’s Palace and Embark on a 1.5-hour tour with a professional experienced• Hear interesting facts about Venice's past council, political history, institutional bodies deputed to government and justice of the Venice Republic-Enjoy Skip-the-line to explore one of the most iconic buildings in Venice. The Secret Itinerary through the Doge’s Palace covers the rooms and chambers where the delicate work of some of the most important bodies in the Venetian administration was carried out. The tour offers an interesting insight into the civil and political history of the city, its public organizations and administration of justice.
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Expert Led Tour of the Doge's Palace

Doges are often compared to dukes, or elected lords. On our 3-hour Doge’s Palace Tour, we’ll learn about the city’s Doges, who were elected for life. We’ll discuss the transformation of the legislative structure from the medieval times to the 18th century. We’ll visit the Doge’s Palace to understand what life was like for these officials. We’ll learn the stories behind the architecture and decor, and how it continued to change due to natural disasters and changing tastes. •Visit Venice's famous Doge's Palace•Dive into the history of Venice's Doges•Explore the museums of san Marco
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Venice Combo: Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS• Learn the history of the Doge's Palace at the heart of the Venetian Republic• Discover the city and its picturesque as you glide down small canals and into the larger Grand Canal• Embark on a 2-hour tour with a professional experienced guide-Explore the interiors of the Doge’s Palace with skip-the-line access. See the Bridge of Sighs, the sights of St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Enjoy an enchanting gondola ride along the Grand Canal and the inner canals of Venice.
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Venice: Doge's Palace Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHT• Admire the superb Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture• Skip-the-line to Doge’s Palace and Embark on a 2-hour tour with a professional experienced • Hear interesting facts about Venice's past council, political history, institutional bodies deputed to government and justice of the Venice Republic.-Enjoy Skip-the-line to explore one of the most iconic buildings in Venice. The tour takes through the Doge’s Palace’s rooms and chambers where the delicate work of some of the most important bodies in the Venetian administration was carried out. The tour offers an interesting insight into the civil and political history of the city, its public organizations and administration of justice.
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop ia 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: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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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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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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Doge’s Palace with Hidden Secret Itineraries & Prison Skip the Line Tour

Discover the mysteries of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this secret itineraries tour. Skip the long line and head straight inside to explore the palace’s opulent public chambers adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance art. Learn how the powerful doges ruled the Venetian Republic with an iron fist, and gain rare entry into shadowy quarters of the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once locked up. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs and wander the dark dungeons of the New Prison network.
  • Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
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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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Venice Independent Day Trip from Rome by High-Speed Train

Take this independent day trip to Venice from Rome for a chance to wander the city’s maze of alleyways, visit St Mark’s Square and float down the famous canals by water bus. You’ll travel from Rome to Venice by train, arriving in just 3.5 hours to explore the city however you wish. A skip-the-line ticket to St Mark’s Basilica and a vaporetto pass for the city’s water bus network are both included so you can make the most of your time in Venice before returning to Rome on the train.
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Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride

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