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

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

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4,853 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
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
$94.27 per adult
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Elena knows her history! She is passionate educated and answered all our questions. Best tour guide ever!
Marilyn_D, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Well done tour
Mike_K, Jul 2021
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
The guide was excellent; very knowledgeable of Venice and the history behind it. The skip the line at the Doge's palace was valuable, but recent COVID restrictions made the skip line line impossible for St. Mark's Basilica (for all tour guides in town). Still, the wait to get into the Basilica was not long, and felt even shorter as our guide continue to provide us information during the wait. I would book again if I return to Venice.
star-4
A nice intro to monumental Venice
Nuno_F, Sep 2021
Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Skip the Line
Very nice tour with the main details explained. Iole, the guide, was super knowledgeable of all things venetian,and took her time answering our questions about the art or the architecture and history of both Basilica and Palace.
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History and beautiful art!
Diane_S, Sep 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Good way to see the top 2 in Venice. Nice to get the back stories on the artworks. Matteo spoke very clearly.,
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Great Tour - Great Guide
Rosalie_T, Sep 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Great tour!!!! We loved our guide. Great presentation and very helpful!!!! Two of us had mobility issues and she gave us alternatives to make the most of the tour. Great time!!!!
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Great insights
Stephanie_G, Sep 2021
Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
We were really impressed by literally everything we saw on this tour. And trust me, you have to walk a lot. But it is totally worth it. From the Doge’s palace and its prison to the Basilica. Great piece of history and great explanation. Must see when in Venice.
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Great way to see Venice treasures
Carol_R, Sep 2021
Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
Fantastic tour. Ana was so passionate and educated about Venice. Loved it! Small group, skip the lines and a great introduction to Venice.
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Inspiring St Mark's Basilica Illumination
William_K, Sep 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Taking the last tour of the day of the Doge Palace was quite nice. Minimal crowds allowed us to take in the history and interact with our guide without distraction. As beautiful as the palace was the basilica was truly inspiring. The afterhours access was amazing as we were the only group of visitors in the church. Entering the dimly lit cathedral we all sat down and the ceiling mosaics were illuminated one at a time until the whole cathedral was lit up - WOW!
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Wonderful
Wade, Sep 2021
Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour
Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We learned so much about the beautiful Basilica and Doge Palace. Such an enjoyable tour. Thank you.
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Outstanding tour
Kathleen_C, Sep 2021
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
An outstanding tour - our guide Pamela was wonderful! I can’t imagine trying to visit the Basilica and Doges Palace without an expert guide!
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Awesome tour!
Brian_A, Sep 2021
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Awesome tour of St Marks. We were able to take pictures as if we were the only one’s in the basilica. Avoids all the ridiculous lines and the tour guide was super informative! Best tour and way to see St. Mark’s. Thanks!
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The tour Guide was fun...
LuisErnesto_D, Aug 2021
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
The tour Guide was fun and with a lot of knowledge. You can skip the line and enjoy scenery. Both the San mark church and dodge palace are worth visiting
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Good Tour but TOO expensive
Peyton_B, Aug 2021
Doge's Palace Guided Tour
I think the tour was good. The guide was nice, personable, and very knowledgeable, but I think the price was too much.

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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