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Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

San Marco, 1, Venice, Veneto, 31024

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.

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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
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$95.75 per adult
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Highly recommend!
Iole was our tour guide and she was amazing! She pointed out the most important things while always keeping our interest. Her energy and passion for her work really shined through. Palace and Basilica were incredible; we are so happy we booked this tour.
Kelly_S, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Great tour!
Lina_P, Jun 2022
Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23
Our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. She had a large group on a very hot day and managed to keep us all engaged and connected. Caring, thoughtful and well versed!
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Must see,SkippedThe line. Can’t miss attraction
Ryan_K, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket & Guide Book
Impressive history and wonderful pieces of art. Many rooms, the paintings and detail of walls, roofs, in and out are Memorable
star-5
Niko was the best.
Jason_B, Jun 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
We hesitated to book this tour. We traveled with two children (13 and 8) and only had time at the end of our vacation. The tour was amazing! Niko was the guide. He was fantastic. If you love art, he’s the guide for you. Incredible. 10/10. When we go back to Venice, I will book a second tour.
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Fantastic
Veena_C, Jun 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Alessandro the guide was fantastic and I respect all the guides who do this for a living and the passion they have for what they do!! Allesandro was into the history and the details behind everything we wanted to know in a short time.
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Pretty Incredible Place
Robert_M, Jun 2022
Doge's Palace Guided Tour
My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful tour of Doge's Palace and the guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and enjoyable. There is a lot to see and learn about this Palace and I highly recommend taking this tour.
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Great Tour
Bob_S, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour in Venice
Our guide Gina was fantastic. Fun and incredibly knowledgeable! We really enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend.
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Doge place and prison
James_R, Jun 2022
Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour
Tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Tour was very enjoyable. Bridge of sighs was cool to see.
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Excellent Experience
Grant_M, Jun 2022
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Loved the small groups and the guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. It was expensive but worth it.
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Alejandro was awesome! He...
Josh_W, Jun 2022
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Alejandro was awesome! He had a great personality and was very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone!
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Great Guide and Tour of Duomo
Jonathan_T, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour
Highly recommend this tour guide and tour of the Duomo residence, St Marks square and church. Educational and fun. Highlights importance of paintings, architecture, and history. She was great.
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Beautiful places to see
Julia_P, Jun 2022
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
This is a great tour. The guide was very detailed in her descriptions. The bacillica and palace are beautiful to see. Be aware there are a lot of stairs. If you take this tour in the summer take it in the morning. We had an afternoon tour and it was very hot.
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The palace and the...
Michelle_S, Jun 2022
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
The palace and the basilica were gorgeous! Our guide was very knowledgable. I would highly recommend Viator when booking tours!
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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.

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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.

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When to Get There

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

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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