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

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

4,737 Reviews
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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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
$97.46 per adult
Beyond expectations
The tour was the perfect length and Martina was a fabulous guide - interesting, personable, and attentive. She provided a combination of broad historical background with tales about individual lives. Her enthusiasm for what she shared with us was contagious. If only all tours were this good!
Lisa_K, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

Perfect experience
Anabel, Jun 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Wonderful, comprehensive tour, we enjoyed it a lot! Marie was funny and knowledgeable, we felt we learned a lot. Definitely would recommend it!
Uncrowned Venice
marilee_h, May 2021
Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
Venice is just opening up so it was interesting taking this tour at a time when there were no crowds. I did the first part of the tour by myself and we were joined by 4 later. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable with good English language skills.
condensed tour
Mark_H, Oct 2020
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
This tour is strange under covid conditions but great efforts were made to keep people safe with windows open, one way systems etc. The guide was vary clear and covered well what was a big subject. At 90 minutes this was an ideal condensed tour for people who do not have time for the usual longer one and do not want too much detail.
So much better than going on our own
Guy_K, Nov 2020
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Excellent, thorough tour with a very, very knowledgeable guide. No problems with the meeting point or tickets. Lots of opportunities to ask questions and loads of interesting information that really added to the whole experience. We got so much more from the visit than if we had gone without a guide or just used our guidebook. V good value for money
Michael, Aug 2020
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
This is expensive but you are buying a truly exclusive experience. To be the only people in the church, with all the lights on, was magical. The guide was excellent and made the experience even better.
Very informative tour
Sarah_K, Aug 2020
Venice Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
We really enjoyed our skip the line tour. It was very informative to go through with a guide. It was also worth skipping the queue of people waiting in the sun. I would definitely advise taking this tour.
Superb tour!
Jessica_B, Jul 2020
Doge's Palace: guided tour & skip the line ticket
What an excellent and informative tour! We even got entry into the prisons (which wasn't anticipated). The tour guide was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent and easy to understand. Highly recommended.
Doge palace
Holly_S, Mar 2020
Doge's Palace & Prisons Ticket and Tour
Had a great time, very informative and interesting. Wonderful tour guide has us guessing and made it fun!
Interesting and informed
Jane_M, Feb 2020
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
Excellent trip in small group. Historical detail .lenty of space . Easy to hear and understand . Pleasant guide
Historical Venice in a day
Happytravelers, Feb 2020
Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour
We enjoy the morning and afternoon tours very much. Our tour guides are brother & sister (Marco & Marina), they were very knowledgeable and full of history. The boat ride at the end was very relaxing. A good way to end the tour.🤗
Excellent tour
Karen_J, Feb 2020
Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour
The private tour was excellent! Our guide Fiorella is very knowledgeable, prompt, kind, and pointed out may things in St Mark's and Doge's Palace that we would have missed.
Knowledgeable and Entertaining Guide
Lorianta, Oct 2020
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Our guide, Mose, was very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. He kept us entertained for the full 2.5hr tour and explained the unique history of Venice which made our stay more meaningful. Venice was lovely without the huge crowds and no queues during the pandemic.

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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