Doge’s Palace Venice
This masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture is all yours to explore. This guided tour includes the Golden Staircase, the Main Hall with its famous paintings, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. 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
Known worldwide for its incredible beauty, the Doge’s Palace is a treasure chest of history, art and masterpieces. In the fascinating atmosphere of Byzantine art combined with oriental art, you will relive the history of Venice thanks to an expert guide who will take you to the rooms of the power of the Serenissima. Along the visit you can cross the splendid Golden Staircase and admire wonderful paintings, and then follow the path of those convicted by the Republic crossing the Bridge of Sighs and visiting the Prisons.
Inside the Palace, you will follow a path that will take you inside the institutional rooms of the Venetian power, 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.
Moreover, through secret itineraries inside Doge’s Palace, you can feel the anguish of the prisoners, who, after crossing the well known Bridge of Sighs, entered the darkness of the Piombi: the prisons of Venice, famous for having hosted Giacomo Casanova.
Doge’s Palace tickets – the museums around Sain Mark’s Square:
If you wish to continue with Saint Mark’s square museums tour, we suggest that you buy the Museum pass ticket. It will grant you access to the Correr Museum, the Natural Histories Museum, the Glass Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Clock Tower, the Lace Museum, Ca’Rezzonico and Ca’Pesaro. Furthermore if you wish to follow a combined itinerary inside Palazzo Ducale, you could purchase the Secret itineraries tour or buy 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 visit includes:
- You can visit the Doge’s Palace rooms and halls
- You can cross the Bridge of Sighs
- You can visit the Prisons
- The visit takes place every day at 10.45 am in English, French, German and Spanish.
- An additional 2.15 pm visit is available only in English.
- Meeting point in St Mark’s Square, at the clocktower on the left of the Basilica, close to the exchange office.
- Please, remember to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour starts
- For security reasons, you will go 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 in case of rain as well.
The tour is available in Italian only on Saturdays, every day in English, French, German and Spanish.
Would you like to know more about the Doge’s Palace? here are some curiosities:
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. Inside the lion’s mouth were inserted strictly anonymously complaints made by Venetian citizens against illegal practices.
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 other. 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, which were crowned after the oath. According to legend, the size of the statues is intended to diminish the figure of the doge, acting as a warning that he should remember that his position did not place him above the law.
The Hall of the Great Council: the most important part of the Palace, it was in fact the place where the Great Council met, which together with the doge, formed the organ responsible for the most important decisions of the Republic. Its uniqueness, in addition to preserving the largest and most precious works of the Palace, is given by its extraordinary size: 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 along the portico, it is possible to notice that of the group of columns that make up the base of the Palace, there is one that seems a little larger than the others. This is linked to a legend according to which in the Middle Ages was granted to those sentenced to death to save their lives if they were able to make a complete turn around it, keeping their backs well leaning against it. It seems that no one has ever managed to pass this test, always ending up inevitably falling. Even today, if you want, you can try to make a round around the column, it is in fact the fourth of the long colonnade that overlooks the pier and you can count it starting from this point.
€ 42.00 per person
Free for children under 5 years old
From April 1st to October 31st
Included / Excluded
Fast lane access ticket to the Doge’s Palace
English speaking guide
Should you cancel the experience up to 24 hours before the tour start, a 10% fee will be withheld.
There will be no refund in case of a NO SHOW or cancellation within 24 hours from the tour start.
In case of exceptionally high tide, the tour could be cancelled by the organizers. Therefore, you would get a 100% refund.
Other practical information
The visit is available every day at 10:45 am in English, French, German and Spanish
An additional 2.15 pm visit is available every day in English only.
Meeting point in St. Mark’s Square, at the clock tower (the one withe blue clock on the left of the Basilica), close to the office exchange,
Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the tour starts
For security reasons, you will pass a metal-detector scan before entering the Doge’spalace. Thismay cause a short wait, independently from the skip-the-line access you will have right to.
The visit is scheduled in case of rain as well.
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