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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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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

Kevin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an amazing tour. Although we had visited Venice previously had never actually toured the Doge's Palace. The guide was excellent and provided a vivid interpretation of the history. He was an excellent speaker and kept the audience motivated with his stories and explanations.

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016


Dale T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Unlike my other Italian tours, our guide was a local - born and lived in Venice all her life. She knew the architecture, the art, the political and social history of this important building. For me, just seeing Tintoretto's enormous Paradis in the biggest single room in Europe was worth the admission.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Definitely the best way to do this tour.

Susan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour fully recommended. Really enjoyed the morning trip with an excellent guide.

Stephen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The Palace was magnificent and the skip the line tour well worth the cost and the early start 9 am. The Guide was very knowledgeable and really brought the history of the palace to light. Firstly she gave a potted history of Venice through the ages which really put everything that we would see later in perspective. The tour was extremely informative and delivered in a comprehensive but light hearted manner that made it an experience not to miss. Definitely worth fitting into a trip to Venice.

Dick United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The best guide we have ever had in over 30 tours. She was highly knowledgeable, but more importantly, she emphasized the highlights and kept referring back to important items to bring us forward in time.

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.

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