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Doge’s Palace tickets and guided visit

This masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture is all yours to explore. Our guided tour includes the Golden Staircase, the Main Hall with its famous paintings, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Or, if you prefer to visit it independenty, book your ticket and skip the lines!

WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?

  • During the visit you will admire some of the most important masterpieces of Venetian art
  • You will have the opportunity to avoid the queue and directly access the palace
  • You will be guided through the rooms by an expert guide at your disposal

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Known worldwide for its incredible beauty, the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) is one of the most famous Venice attractions and a treasure chest of history, art and masterpieces. It is therefore definetly to be included in the What to do in Venice list.

Doge’s Palace Tour

In the fascinating atmosphere of Byzantine art combined with Oriental art, you will relive the history of Venice thanks to an expert guide.

You will be guided through the rooms of the political power of the Serenissima, where the most important organs of the Republic resided, such as: the Great Council, the Senate, the Judiciary of Justice and the Doge. Inside these special places, you will be able to admire some of the most important works by Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiepolo, Titian and other famous artists. During the tour you will also visit the splendid Golden Staircase

Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries tour

Moreover, through secret itineraries tour inside Doge’s Palace, you will then follow the path of those convicted by the Republic, crossing the Bridge of Sighs.You will be able to feel the anguish of the prisoners, who, after crossing the well known Bridge, entered the darkness of the Piombi: the prisons of Venice, famous for having hosted Giacomo Casanova.  Finally you will visit the actual Prisons and learn how the prisoners of the Serenissima used to live.

The museums around St. Mark’s Square

There are several museums which you may want to visit around St.Mark’s Square. If you wish to visit some or all of st Mark’s Square museums, we suggest that you buy the Museum pass ticket. It will grant you access to the Correr Museum (Museo Correr), the Natural Histories Museum, the Glass Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Clock Tower, the Lace Museum, Ca’Rezzonico and Ca’Pesaro. Furthermore you could purchase an entrance ticket to Fortuny Palace, one of the most interesting Venice museum. You can find all the information on MUVE website

Doge’s Palace tour – the guided visit includes:

  • Skip the line entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Guided visit to the Doge’s Palace rooms and halls
  • You can cross the Bridge of Sighs
  • You can visit the Prisons

Practical information:

  • The visit in English takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10.45 am 
  • Meeting point in St Mark’s Square, at the exchange office next the blue clocktower on the left of the Basilica.
  • Please, make sure to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour starts
  • For security reasons, every visitor must through a metal detector scan before entering the Doge’s Palace. This may cause a short delay, independent from the fast lane access you will be granted.
  • The visit is scheduled to take place also in case of rain.

The tour is available also in Italian, French, German and Spanish.

Online skip the line tickets

If you prefer to visit the palace on your own, with this ticket, you will have the opportunity to avoid the queue at the entrance and to directly access the ducal palace and beyond. It includes:

  • Doge’s Palace entrance ticket skip the line (from 10 to 18 – last entry at 17)
  • Free entrance to museums around Piazza San Marco (Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum and Monumental Halls of the Marciana National Library)
  • Practical guide with details on Palazzo Ducale, Basilica, Piazza San Marco (one per couple or per family) and 7 itineraries ideas to visit the city.
  • Free entry to the Music Museum

Would you like to know more about the Doge’s Palace? here are some curiosities:

The building, which was in fact built as a private chapel of the Doge, is located in the heart of the historic center of Venice and is directly connected to the Basilica of San Marco (St.Mark’s Basil).

La Bocca di Leone: this is a special wall container, in which the bas-relief facade resembles the shape of a lion’s head, located inside the Palace. Strictly anonymously complaints against illegal practices were inserted inside the lion’s mouth by Venetian citizens.

The Red columns: along the facade overlooking the square, on the band of the loggia, you can clearly distinguish two red columns that stand out for their color compared to the others. According to tradition, this was the point from which death sentences were publicly announced.

The Giants’ Staircase: this is an enormous marble staircase, placed as a link between the main entrance of the square and the council rooms on the first floor. It is called “of the Giants” in reference to the two large marble statues placed at the top of the balustrade and depicting Mars and Neptune. This was also the place where the coronation ceremonies of the new doges took place, who were crowned after the oath. According to the legend, the size of the statues was intended to diminish the figure of the doge, acting as a warning that despite his role, the doge was not above the law.

The Hall of the Great Council: the most important part of the Palace. In fact this was the place where the Great Council met, together with the doge, to take the most important decisions regarding the Republic. This hall uniqueness is due to two main reasons. The first is that it contains the largest and most precious works of the Palace; while the second is that it has an extraordinary size. In fact, it measures 53 meters in length and 25 meters in width, which is why it is still considered one of the largest rooms in Europe.

The Damaged Column: walking the portico along the group of columns that make up the base of the Palace, it is possible to notice that one column seems a little larger than the others. According to the legend, in the Middle Age, those sentenced to death could save their life if they were able to make a complete turn around this column, keeping their backs well leaning against it. It seems that no one has ever managed to pass this test, and that each person who tried always ended up inevitably falling. Even today, if you want, you can try to make a round around the column, which is the fourth of the long colonnade that overlooks the pier.

Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica – Tickets and guided visit

Why not combining your visit to the Doge’s Palace with a tour to the St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world? To do so, we suggest that you have a look to our offer Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica – combined itinerary . With this option you will have skip the line access to both the Doge’s Palace and the St.Mark’s Basilica, as well as a professionally guided tour of both places to learn their history and the characters that shaped it.

You you are interested in this option follow the link St.Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace

FEATURES

  • Child Friendly

EXPERIENCE DETAILS

Price

Doge’s Palace Venice skips the line
Adult: 36 € (Until 31 July 2020 promotional price of 24 €)
Reduced (6-18 years): € 10
Free under 6 years

Guided tour of the Doge’s palace

  • Adult: € 55 per person
  • Reduced price: €46 (6-14 years old)
  • Free children under 6 years

Duration

1.15 hour

Availability

Doge's Palace Venice skip the line: every day (Except 25.26 / 12, 01.02 / 01). Guided tour of the Doge's Palace: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Except 25/12, 01/01. In August also monday and thursday.

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Included / Excluded

Included :

Fast lane access ticket to the Doge’s Palace
English speaking guide (if you choose the guided visit)
Guide booklet

Excluded :

Anything not listed as Included

Sales Conditions

Should you cancel the experience up to 24 hours before the tour start, a 20% cancellation fee will apply.
There will be no refund in case of a NO SHOW or cancellation within 24 hours from the start of the tour.
In case of exceptionally high tide, the tour could be cancelled by the organizers. In this case, you would get a 100% refund.

Other practical information

Doge’s palace opening hours: from 10 to 18 – last entry at 17

Meeting point in St.Mark’s Square (see details in the voucher)
For security reasons, entry through the metal detector is foreseen; this can cause a short wait, regardless of the priority access you will have for the visit.
The visit will take place also in case of rain.

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