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Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
The powerful Doges ruled the Venetian Empire from the Gothic fantasy palace that is Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) until 1797. The site was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at St Mark's Square, and the doges ruled with an iron fist—justice was often meted out here. Today, the site is one of the most well-known attractions in Italy.

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.

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.

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.

When to Get There
Summertime is popular in Venice; be prepared for lines and crowds. The palace's hours vary seasonally.

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.
Address: San Marco, 1, Venice, Veneto 31024, Italy
Admission: Varies
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VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica

VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica

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No visit to Venice is complete without taking in the Doge’s Palace, but this Gothic masterpiece has vast sections that most visitors never see. With this tour, enjoy VIP access behind the scenes to explore the palace’s secret archives, torture chambers, and attic prison cells with a guide. Afterwards, enter St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line tickets to admire the mosaics before taking a turn through St. Mark’s Square and past the Bridge of Sighs.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Last minute private tour of Palazzo Ducale in Venice

Last minute private tour of Palazzo Ducale in Venice

Skip the lines at Doge's Palace and tour the site with a private guide instead. Learn about the building’s storied history as the seat of Venetian political power and its darker days when it was used as a prison. Cross the Bridge of Sighs and admire the realism of the artwork adorning the palace walls. A free ticket to a Murano glass factory is included with the tour purchase.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Venice Combo: Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride Tour

Venice Combo: Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Learn the history of the Doge's Palace at the heart of the Venetian Republic • Discover the city and its picturesque as you glide down small canals and into the larger Grand Canal • Embark on a 2-hour tour with a professional experienced guide - Explore the interiors of the Doge’s Palace with skip-the-line access. See the Bridge of Sighs, the sights of St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Enjoy an enchanting gondola ride along the Grand Canal and the inner canals of Venice.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice: Doge's Palace Ticket and Gondola ride

Venice: Doge's Palace Ticket and Gondola ride

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Combine a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal with a visit to the Doge's Palace with skip-the-line entry on this half-day tour. This combo saves you time booking separate tours and allows you to tick off some of the top Venice attractions in just half a day. On the gondola ride, listen to commentary via your mobile app, then enjoy access to a guidebook in your language during your visit to the Doge's Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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Venice: Doge's Palace Tour

Venice: Doge's Palace Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHT • Admire the superb Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture • Skip-the-line to Doge’s Palace and Embark on a 2-hour tour with a professional experienced • Hear interesting facts about Venice's past council, political history, institutional bodies deputed to government and justice of the Venice Republic. - Enjoy Skip-the-line to explore one of the most iconic buildings in Venice. The tour takes through the Doge’s Palace’s rooms and chambers where the delicate work of some of the most important bodies in the Venetian administration was carried out. The tour offers an interesting insight into the civil and political history of the city, its public organizations and administration of justice.
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  • 2 hours
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 Venice: Private 2-Hour Doge's Palace Tour

Venice: Private 2-Hour Doge's Palace Tour

Take a 2-hour private tour of Venice's most important location with priority tickets for Doge's Palace. Together with your guide you will skip the long line of fellow punters, entering the building and beginning your tour immediately.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice Combo: Doge's Palace & St. Marks Basilica Tour

Venice Combo: Doge's Palace & St. Marks Basilica Tour

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The Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica are two of Venice’s top attractions, and the admission queues can be long. With this combo tour, enjoy skip-the-line entry to both sites and save valuable sightseeing time. With a radio system to hear your guide clearly, explore the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, and discover secrets of the historic treasures that independent visitors miss.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip-the-line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Square with wine tasting

Skip-the-line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Square with wine tasting

Save precious time and make the most of a visit to the Doge’s Palace in Venice with a private, skip-the-line tour that lets you bypass the long queue and head right inside the Gothic centerpiece of St. Mark's Square. Admire Renaissance masterpieces as a guide describes the political intrigue and scandals that took place inside majestic halls and the notorious palace prison. After the tour, raise a glass to Venice’s rich winemaking heritage with a tasting and appetizers at a cozy wine parlor.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Visit two Venice highlights on a 3-hour, guided tour through St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doges’ Palace, with skip-the-line entrance that lets you make the most of your time in the city. See the rich ornamentation and artwork inside St. Mark’s Basilica, then follow in the footsteps of Venice’s powerful doges in a sumptuous masterpiece of Venetian Gothic design. This 3-hour combination tour includes skip-the-line admission at both locations.
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  • 2 hours
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Skip the Line St Marks Basilica and Doge s Palace Tour

Skip the Line St Marks Basilica and Doge s Palace Tour

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St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doges Palace are two of Venice’s most compelling attractions, and they have the crowds and lines to match. With this tour, breeze past the admission lines and have more time to explore the Basilica’s golden mosaics and statues, and the Palace’s art masterpieces and Bridge of Sighs.
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  • 2 hours
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Doge's Palace skip-the-line guided tour & access to St. Mark's Basilica Terrace

Doge's Palace skip-the-line guided tour & access to St. Mark's Basilica Terrace

Immerse yourself in the history of Venice by taking part in this two-hour visit to the most prestigious attractions of the city: the Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Basilica of which you will be accessing the museum & terrace. You will start your tour with a visit to one of the most breath-taking buildings of Venice: the Doge’s Palace, residence of the Doge and seat of local magistrates until the fall of the Venetian Republic. The Palace houses many extraordinary masterpieces that you will have the opportunity to admire up close, like the Giants’ and the Golden Staircases or the canvas that portray the Paradise by the famous painter Tintoretto. You will also cross the Bridge of Sighs and tour the New Prisons where, during the Serenissima, the criminals were detained. Afterwards, our guide will take you to St. Mark’s Museum located inside St. Mark’s Basilica and to the terrace, from which you will have the opportunity to admire St. Mark’s Square from above and take wonderful pictures!
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  • 2 hours
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Venice: Doge's Palace guided tour and gondola ride

Venice: Doge's Palace guided tour and gondola ride

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Experience Venice from both the land and water with a combined Doge’s Palace and gondola ride tour. With this tour, you’ll save precious vacation time by enjoying special skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace and at the canal. You’ll immerse yourself in the history of Venice during a guided tour of Doge’s Palace before setting off down the famed canals of Venice with a shared gondola ride.
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Secrets of the Doge's palace and Saint Mark's square private tour

Secrets of the Doge's palace and Saint Mark's square private tour

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This tour will lead you to discover the hidden history of Venice, the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of San Marco. You will visit the magnificent palace and admire masterpieces that boast the signature of great artists such as Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, the bridge of sighs and the old prison. This tour will also reveal the secrets of the painters who painted the splendid paintings and the hidden history of the Venetian Republic: who was the 121 Doge of Venice, whose history was erased by the Republic, you will learn the history of the painter who was burned by the inquisition, the painter who was accused of witchcraft and the tragic history of the Doge’s son and who is the unknown architect of the basilica. Some of these histories are taken from original documents of the State Archive of Venice. The Tickets for the Doge's Palace are not included and will be bought directly on the spot with priority access ( cost 25,00 euro, or reduction 13,00). View of basilica from outiside.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice St Mark Basilica and Doge Palace Small Group Tour

Venice St Mark Basilica and Doge Palace Small Group Tour

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Explore the best of Venice on a 3-hour small-group tour. Avoid long lines with skip-the-line entrance tickets to Venice’s most famous icons, St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. Follow your guide and listen to informative commentary about the history of this Italian city and the vibrant culture that has emerged from it.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice Highlights San Marco, the Basilica & Doge’s Palace SHARED TOUR

Venice Highlights San Marco, the Basilica & Doge’s Palace SHARED TOUR

Venice Highlights San Marco, the Basilica & Doge’s Palace The monuments of Piazza San Marco: Doges Palace and Basilica We will visit the political and religious center of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, St. Mark's Square and its monuments. Firstly the Doge's Palace, the seat of government of the Republic and the Doge's private residence. Visit the Palace includes the halls of government and justice, the private apartments of the Doge, prisons and very famous Bridge of Sighs. We will continue with the Basilica, where lies the body of St. Mark the Evangelist. We admire the wonderful golden mosaics depicting stories from the Old and New Testaments.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice Highlights San Marco, the Basilica & Doge’s Palace

Venice Highlights San Marco, the Basilica & Doge’s Palace

Venice Highlights San Marco, the Basilica & Doge’s Palace The monuments of Piazza San Marco: Doges Palace and Basilica We will visit the political and religious center of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, St. Mark's Square and its monuments. Firstly the Doge's Palace, the seat of government of the Republic and the Doge's private residence. Visit the Palace includes the halls of government and justice, the private apartments of the Doge, prisons and very famous Bridge of Sighs. We will continue with the Basilica, where lies the body of St. Mark the Evangelist. We admire the wonderful golden mosaics depicting stories from the Old and New Testaments.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice Private Tour

Venice Private Tour

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Explore top landmarks in Venice with a private guide during this half-day tour. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and visit city highlights including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and Doge’s Palace. See a glass-blowing demonstration in Murano and climb aboard a gondola for a private ride.
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  • 3 hours
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$463.09
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 Skip The Line: 2-hours Private Tour of The Doge's Palace and St Mark Basilic.

Skip The Line: 2-hours Private Tour of The Doge's Palace and St Mark Basilic.

This 2-hour private tour gives you enough time to discover the top two attractions of the City of Bridges.Do not worry about the queue! With the Skip the Line Access, you will be guaranteed to be among the first ones to enter! Meet you expert local guide in San Marco Square and head straight inside the Doge's Palace. Discover the history of this wonderful building that changes color depending on the light. Let yourself be enveloped by the amazing frescoed halls by Tintoretto and visit the new prisons connected to it through the famous Bridge of Sights.The next stop will be the Basilica, one of the most important historical and religious attractions. The Basilica’s spectacular construction combines different styles and despite the passing of the years and restructurings, it has always maintained its uniqueness. Choose the morning tour or the afternoon tour! If you are travelling on Sunday, please, do not forget to book the afternoon option, the Basilica is open only in the afternoon!
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  • 2 hours
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$263.08
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Skip the line Small group tour : Venice Archaeological Museum and Doge's Palace

Skip the line Small group tour : Venice Archaeological Museum and Doge's Palace

No visit to Venice is complete without visiting the Doge’s Palace and the Venice Archeological Museum. Enjoy the skip-the-line access to these two iconic attractions that overlook San Marco Square.The Venice national archaeological Museum has opened at the end of ‘500, is a mixture of beautiful pieces from several Venetian art collectors, that retrace archaeological history . Next stop will be The Doge palace which was the Government’s house between the 726 and 1797. Exploring the path through the palace chambers allows the visitor to comprehend the complex structure of the Venetian government, which became a model for the modern political systems.The rooms of the Doge’s Palace are brilliant examples of the typical renaissance decorations in Italy expecially the paintings by Tintoretto, Tiziano, Veronese and others. The visit ends crossing the Bridge of Sighs and exploring the palace of the prisons, the first example of a single function building destined as National prison.
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  • 3 hours
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$176.82
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Welcome to Venice with Doge Palace

Welcome to Venice with Doge Palace

Once a major maritime power, today Venice is a magical city that enchants visitors with historic canals, picturesque gondolas and unique views. Your private guide will meet you in the splendid St. Mark’s Square, where the walking tour begins. You will delve into the history, culture and traditions of the city, as you hit all the major attractions and top sights. Highlights include St. Mark’s Basilica, the 9th-century church with over 8000 sqm of brilliant mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the ruler of the Venetian Republic that you will visit with special ski-the-line tickets. There will be also lots of bridges to cross, such as the famous 16th-century Rialto Bridge and the iconic Bridge of Sighs, and fantastic sestieri to explore, each with its own unique vibe.
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$200.87
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Palazzo Ducale and Venice Walking Tour

Palazzo Ducale and Venice Walking Tour

Uncover the legends and legacy of the Venetian Republic on this 2.5-hour combo tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines at the Doge's Palace to explore the lavish rooms and chilling prisons once used by Venice's powerful rulers, and then stroll through a web of winding streets and along charming canals on a guided walking tour towards the Rialto Bridge. Dig even deeper into Venetian history with included tickets to the three museums of the Procuratie at St. Mark's Square, which you can explore independently at your leisure.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
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$82.99
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 Venice Private Tour including St Mark Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride from Rome

Venice Private Tour including St Mark Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride from Rome

A day trip to Venice from Rome takes careful planning, and with this guided tour you’ll take in the city’s highlights in just hours. Make the most of every minute by meeting your guide directly at the train station save time with skip-the-line entry to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Take in other iconic sights like the Rialto Bridge and end your day with a traditional gondola ride.
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  • 6 hours
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$613.44
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Venice Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Tour (Terrace Access Included)

Venice Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Tour (Terrace Access Included)

Dive deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace. ✔ Immerse yourself in the history of the Floating City with the help of your expert local guide ✔ Miss the hordes with priority entrance for the Doge’s Palace and skip-the-ticket-line entry for St. Mark’s Basilica ✔ See Venice’s Lagoon from the usually off-limits terrace at St. Mark’s Basilica Take in views of the canal from the Bridge of Sighs ✔ Hear anecdotes about how and why Venice was built on a lagoon in the 5th century and other fascinating facts ✔ Ticket for the first-floor terrace at St. Mark’s Basilica ✔ Ticket for the Pala d’Oro ✔ Priority entrance to the Doge's Palace ✔ Skip-the-ticket-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica At the end of your tour, feel free to stay and explore the Doge’s Palace with tips from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$174.41
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Ducal Venice, Historical Walking Tour & Skip the line Doge's Palace

Ducal Venice, Historical Walking Tour & Skip the line Doge's Palace

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Skip the long lines at the Doge’s Palace and explore the historic heart of Venice on a 3-hour tour with a local guide. Walk through the neighborhoods of Saint Mark’s and Castello, where you’ll find a series of historic landmarks, and get a guided introduction to the magnificent Doge’s Palace. This 3-hour Venice tour features headsets so you won’t miss a word of the guide’s stories, and includes skip-the-line tickets at the Doge’s Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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