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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
$96.56 per adult
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Our guide Moses is...
Our guide Moses is incredible! Knowledge, charisma and spirit! Best ever! Recommended! We shall book again! Thank you!
Larisa_D, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Far exceeded expectations!
Troy_B, Dec 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Amazing is not an exaggeration. The palace and basilica were stunning. But the guide Susan truly exceeded her responsibilities and …due to unique circumstances of off-season and Covid reduced crowds…was able to give us a real behind the scenes look at the cathedral. She is a wealth of knowledge and actively thought about how to make our tour more special. And boy did it work.
star-5
Awesome Tour!
Hannah_L, May 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Sarah was a wonderful tour guide whose style made the history of Venice come to life! Very educational and entertaining!!!
star-5
Excellent tour
Anika_M, May 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
I enjoyed the tour a lot. The guide shared a a lot of information with us and it is clear that she enjoys what she is doing. I would not have known the things if I visit these places on my own. Having a guids is important. Tour has been well organised. A lot of walking and climbing of stairs but it has been worth it at the end of the day!
star-5
Fantastic!
Anita_T, May 2022
Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour
The tour was great! The Doge’s palace was beautiful and our tour guide, Carla, brought it to life. She was wonderful! St. Mark’s Basilica was amazing!
star-5
The best part was going to jail :)
Mariel_R, May 2022
Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour
The prison tour was definitely the highlight of the Doge's Palace so it was worth it to book this tour. Our guide was great! Lots of good information, we got a bathroom stop and it was fairly fast-paced so our son (6 years old) didn't get bored. Seeing the jail and knowing how recently it was decommissioned was quite astonishing!
star-5
Very good tour - informative and entertaining.
tdmcleod, May 2022
Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour
Very informative tour of the Doge's palace. Guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. Pace was good as well. Shorter time in Basillica but still worth it. Skip the line saved a lot of time.
star-5
Excellent and interesting tour!
Ellen_M, May 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Romy was our guide and she was great! We learned a lot of history and background about the Medici’s that was enlightening and interesting.
star-5
Loved this tour!
Karl_K, May 2022
Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23
Our guide, Barbara was very knowlegeable and interesting. She did a great job of explaining things to us in a way that brought history alive!
star-5
A must tour Venice won’t disappoint
d_c, May 2022
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Romy was excellent very knowable and kind patient explaining every question. Great suggestion where we could eat with out 1 hr break would highly recommend to ask for her to be your tour guide beautiful evening tour just our group no crowds
star-4
Enjoyable but tiring
Lesley_B, May 2022
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
The Godola ride took longer than I thought it would, which was really good, though it was disappointing that our gondolier didn't give much information about the history of gondoliers or our surroundings. The Doges Palace tour the guide was very informative. I Was disappointed that our tour of St. MARKS didn't include the library or museum, (extra cost & time) was the reason but this was not explained until we had left, and were stood back in St Marks Square.
star-5
Stunning!!
Tracy_M, May 2022
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
Helena was our tour leader. She was so knowledgeable and detail oriented. I loved every minute of our tour! The Basilica is the most amazing church I have ever seen. This tour is worth every penny!
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Best Private Tour of Venice
Philip_R, May 2022
Private Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica Walking Tour
Marie was absolutely fabulous. She may the tour a fun knowledgeable experience. The five stars are for Marie.

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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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