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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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What You Can Expect

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

Denis John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Another great trip arranged through Viator, Cannot speak highly enough of them. Tour was very interesting and the guide was very passionate about it all , A very thorough guide who really knew her stuff. Would recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour. Our tour guide was great -- VERY knowledgeable and very animated. I was much impressed with the Doge's Palace, as well as going over and thru the Bridge of Sighs which was under renovation last time I visited Venice - 6 years ago.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was great. The guide was knowledgeable and relayed the information in an interesting way. We saw a lot and learned many interesting facts and stories about the Doge's Palace and it's inhabitants.

Janet B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a great guide for this tour who gave us so much information about the Doge's Palace and the government. Very interesting!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour. Enjoyed the chance to cross the Bridge of Sighs to and from the prison. As with all the other tours, on time and very efficient.

Richard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fun knowledgable guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour! Our guide Stefano was amazing and gave us such a good understanding of what we were seeing and the history of Doge's Palace as well as Venice. I highly recommend this tour!

Nancy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Extremely interesting tour of the palace and the prison - loved hearing about how Venice was governed and the development of the architecture of Venice. I highly recommend this tour.

Lawrence P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great guide. Very informative and didn't feel rushed which a shorter tour would have

Tristan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic tour of the Doge's palace. Knowledge tour guide and tour length at 1.5 hours was perfect. The tour takes place early morning whilst the Doge's palace is relatively quiet which is a bonus

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