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  • Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

    1. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

    Visit the Doge's Palace, an important historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. As you explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic, you’ll travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

    Doge’s Palace is an unique beauty to be seen! Priority ticket saves time not to wait at an enormous queue, ensures quick access without need to be printed. I would recommend to everyone to charge heart and mind visiting the Doge’s Palace.

  • Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

    2. Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

    Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, either as a private tour or shared group experience. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean.  Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the cathedral. From the first-floor terrace you’ll be able to admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time.  Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase.  After this, cross the infamous Bridge...

    It was a very pleasant experience. A very, very good tour guide, Ifigenia, well documented, good English. Found out a lot of information. I want to give my thanks to this wonderful guide. Recomand

  • Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    3. Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

    For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos.

    Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells.

    Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

    Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the n...

    What a great way to spend 4 hours! The guide provides lots of interesting information and is able to skip the line for an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!

  • Venice City Pass with Doge's Palace & Public Transport

    4. Venice City Pass with Doge's Palace & Public Transport

    Get the keys to Venice with a 24, 48, or 72-hour city pass and add on optional transport benefits. Marvel at the Byzantine monuments of St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) and go inside the former palace of the dukes at the Doges’ Palace. Save time and money on your trip and leave with some lasting memories! In addition to free rides on the water taxis and buses of ACTV, enter the museums of the Civic Museum complex, including: • Doge’s Palace • Correr Museum (Museo Correr) • Venice National Archaeological Museum • Biblioteca Marciana In addition, receive a Chorus Pass that entitles you to enter 16 of the city’s most magnificent churches: • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio • Chiesa di Santo Stefano (Church of St. Stephen) • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • Church of San Giovanni Elemosinario • Chiesa di San Polo (Church of San Polo) • Chiesa di San Giacomo dall'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvis...

    Very good for transportations and museums. The church you haven't made because 3 days seemed too little to do everything

  • Venice: Doge’s Palace with Bridge of Sighs

    5. Venice: Doge’s Palace with Bridge of Sighs

    Together with your expert guide, you will be escorted inside the palace where you can admire artistic masterpieces created by the most famous painters and sculptors of that time. Tiepolo and Tiziano make up only a few of the many artists that decorated this palace. Be stunned in front of the golden staircases, the entrance of the rooms of the Doges and the halls of power from where you can see the “Last Judgment” by Tintoretto, one of the greatest and largest paintings in the world. Cross the Bridge of Sighs and see Venice from an exclusive point of view as the old prisoners did in the past, before venturing down to the cold and dark prisons. You will see also the jails, celebrated to have hosted also Giacomo Casanova who somehow managed to escape from there. Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app...

    Very well informed tour guide who made the whole experience a great deal more interesting - many thanks!

  • Venice: Tour of Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica

    6. Venice: Tour of Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica

    Enjoy a guided tour in Palazzo Ducale and discover its splendid rooms, immersed in hundreds of masterpieces. Explore the halls of power where the Doge ruled the ancient Republic of Venice. Cross the Bridge of Sighs to reach the cold Prisons Palace, where many important figures were imprisoned, including Casanova. Visit the museum in Saint Mark’s square at your own leisure. Head to the Basilica of Saint Mark, known also as the Golden Basilica, thanks to its magnificent mosaics adorned with pure gold. Learn about the history and meaning of the many artworks decorating the church. Witness, and even assist in, a glass demonstration in an ancient furnace near Saint Mark's Square. A glass craftsman will create a unique item in front of your eyes. Admire the breathtaking view of St. Mark's square, the heart of Venice, from the terrace of the Basilica. See the best of Venice, day or night, on...

    Highly recommended tour. The Great Hall at the Doge Palace was super impressive. The guide had interesting stories to tell as well. I would definitely go with a guided tour.

  • Venice: City Walking Tour

    7. Venice: City Walking Tour

    Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque square...

  • Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

    8. Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

    Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square and head for Doge's Palace, the extraordinary palace that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Enter the splendid rooms, hung with hundreds of painted masterpieces . Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic. Travel back to the Middle Ages as you discover the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase, and relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova and many others. Next, tour St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, and savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. Admire the Pala d'Oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones, and enjoy the art treasures in the Treasury, c...

    Our guide was incredible! She was so knowledgeable and friendly and we learned a ton. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour and company to anyone visiting Venice!

  • Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour

    9. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour

    Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and learn about the times where the Doges ruled this famous floating city. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Li...

  • Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

    10. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

    Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide te...

Planning Your Visit

  • Enjoy the Benefits of a Tour

    If you want to make the most of your visit to the Doge's Palace, taking one of the tours is a good idea. Not only is it the best way to discover all about the rich history that ran its course within the walls of the palace, but it also offers access to some otherwise restricted areas. Note that some of the more popular tours may require booking in advance.

  • Take Advantage of the Senior Discount

    If you're over 65, don't keep it to yourself – make sure to say so when buying your ticket, you'll enjoy a €7 discount!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary based on time of year:
    April 1-October 31
    Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-9:00 PM
    Friday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-11:00 PM
    November 1-March 31
    Open daily, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Around €16, but prices depend on the time of year.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Recommended!
  • How to get there
    The Doge's Palace can be found on St Mark's Square.
  • Additional information

    • Flash photography is not permitted inside the museum.

    • Backpacks and other chunky items must be left outside with a clerk, free of charge.

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What people are saying about Doge's Palace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 20,675 reviews

Francesca was knowledgable and fun. Tour just the right length with enough detail. A bit pricey but worth it. Still queued about 60 minutes partly due to COVID checks. Remember to take your vaccination certificate as well as ID! Should be highlighted when booking.

We had Marina as Guide and she was just brillant! She was easy to listen to and was able to answer every question. We could really hear her passion for the history and Venice. Can only recommend!

What an awesome experience. No time wasted standing in lines. Very knowledgeable guide who loved her job. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Venice.

Superb. Very knowledgeable guide. Entertaining and I got so much more out of my tour than the last time I went.

Great game, led us away from toruist to more interesting but less popular things.