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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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Private Venice City Tour

Private Venice City Tour

Get a personalized introduction to the most important monuments of Venice with this private tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Instead of wandering alone or getting lost among a large group, let a guide reveal the ancient history and secrets of the gilded church and palace in a presentation just for your party. There’s much more than meets the eye inside, if you just know where to look.
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Private Venice City Tour and Gondola Ride

Private Venice City Tour and Gondola Ride

Ideally suited for first-time visitors, or anyone short on time, this action-packed sightseeing tour serves as the perfect Venice primer. Get an inside peek at the world-famous Byzantine mosaics in St. Mark’s Basilica, and cross the iconic Bridge of Sighs. Tours include pre-booked admission tickets, plus an exclusive bonus ride at the end of the tour: a relaxing gondola ride through Venice’s most cherished lagoons.
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Private Walking Tour of Venice

Private Walking Tour of Venice

See the Venice sights that you want to see with this fully customized private tour, for a group of up to 10 people. Just choose a duration that suits your schedule, then head out with a private guide to discover the city. Perhaps take a tour that gives you the history behind the famous sights of St. Mark's Square such as the Doge's Palace, or maybe focus on the tucked-away treasures of Venice such as the Fontego dei Tedeschi building near the Rialto Bridge. It's the perfect way to explore Venice at your own pace.
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Hire A Photographer In Venice

Hire A Photographer In Venice

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Venice is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s also a perfect place for your personal or corporate photoshoot. We’ll organize and conduct your unforgettable photo session in Venice, Burano, Murano, Lido, and other islands. Just let us know your ideas and we’ll come up with a detailed plan and scenario, which will result in magazine-quality photos.
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Highlights of Venice Private Walking Tour with Palazzo Ducale

Highlights of Venice Private Walking Tour with Palazzo Ducale

Enjoy a panoramic walking tour with your knowledgeable licensed guide and explore the area between Piazza San Marco & Rialto Bridge, including their labyrinth of little canals and sites of interest, including entrance to the Palazzo Ducale. This is the perfect tour for those who come to Venice for the first time: learn about the winged lion, the story of St Mark being brought to Venice from Egypt, his “golden church”, and then Theodore, killing a dragon, and, of course, when, how and why the Venetians have built a city on hundreds of thousands of wooden poles stuck in the mud of its lagoon. You will visit St Mark’s square and end at the Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal. By the end of the tour, you will understand the everyday life in the city, its problems, what it's like to live in such a city, especially when “high water” strikes, you'll learn how people protect the city and the lagoon.
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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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Secret gardens of Venice in the Dorsoduro district with Cichetti tasting

Secret gardens of Venice in the Dorsoduro district with Cichetti tasting

Break away from the crowds to enjoy the serenity of two historic palaces and their hidden gardens in Venice. Get a taste of noble life on a tour of the elaborate estates and gardens of Nani Bernardo Palace and Ca’ Zenobio Palace, located in the Dorsoduro district far from the bustle of St. Mark’s Square. Finish in true local style with a tasting of ‘cichetti,’ delicious Venetian appetizers, at a typical bar.
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Venice: Private Walking Tour by Night

Venice: Private Walking Tour by Night

Visit the hidden treasures of Venice, away from the crowds of tourists. The guide will take you through the heart of Venice to discover the hidden and most fascinating corners. Explore the historic Rialto district, with its typical markets and the oldest church in Venice: the Church of San Giacometto, dating back to 1200 BC. A long time ago, merchants from all over the world came to this neighborhood to sell their products and trade goods. Stroll through the labyrinthine alleys of Venice in search of hidden architectural gems, such as the wonderful "Scala Contarini del Bovolo", a spectacular spiral staircase belonging to one of the richest Venetian families. A few steps from there, you will find the La Fenice theatre, where some of the greatest composers, such as Giuseppe Verdi, have performed over time. Don't miss a unique and alternative opportunity to visit Venice.
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  • 4 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: Best of Venice Private Walking Tour

Venice: Best of Venice Private Walking Tour

Thanks to the elegance of its monuments, San Marco Square is rightly considered the great “Salotto,” or drawing room, of Venice. Explore the graceful heart of Venice on a 2-hour walking tour seeing San Marco’s beautiful buildings and Doge Palace from the outside. See the grand Old Law Courts and Clock Tower around St. Mark's Square, and learn all about the magnificent Basilica and Campanile. Continue to the Venetian Gothic Ducal Palace, the former residence of the Doges of Venice. The exquisite palace took on its present form in the 15th-century. Admire the beautiful white marbles of the loggiato, and really get to know Venice along the way. To be sure, this tour is the perfect way to get introduced to Venice's classical sights and learn the fascinating history of the City of Water.
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Express Tour Of Venice Highlights

Express Tour Of Venice Highlights

Venice is thick with magnificent sights, and it can be hard to know where to begin. Get an overview of the highlights in just hours with this guided tour. Meet in St. Mark’s Square for a peek inside St. Mark’s Basilica. Save hours with skip-the-line tickets to the Doge’s Palace, giving you time to admire the Bridge of Sighs and Grand Canal before heading to Murano for a glass-blowing demonstration.
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Venice Shore Excursion: Private Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Shore Excursion: Private Tour and Gondola Ride

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When planning a cruise stop in Venice, spend an unforgettable day in one of the world’s most romantic maritime cities with a private shore excursion. After meeting a local tour escort at the cruise terminal, travel in a private boat to the political and cultural heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. Skip the long entrance queues with priority access to spectacular St Mark’s Basilica and the Gothic Doge’s Palace, and then enjoy a quintessential Venetian experience with a private 30-minute gondola ride through the city’s famed canals.
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Venice Private Tour for Families with Gondola Ride

Venice Private Tour for Families with Gondola Ride

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Visiting Venice with kids in tow? This private sightseeing tour is specially designed for families, with a focus on child-friendly activities and commentary that’s as entertaining as it is educational. Avoid the queues with skip-the-line entrance to St Mark’s Basilica and Doge's Palace; enjoy a walking tour of St Mark's Square and the Bridge of Sighs; and discover the Byzantine treasures of St Mark's Museum. Stop along the way to tuck into a complimentary ice cream, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a 30-minute ride along the Venetian canals.
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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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NEW: Piazza San Marco: Secret itineraries of Prisons Palace

NEW: Piazza San Marco: Secret itineraries of Prisons Palace

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Discover the secret itinerary of the 16th prisons in Piazza San Marco, one of the earliest jails in Europe, created in 1500 and linked to the Doge’s Palace through the famous Bridge of Sighs. Listen to how the justice was managed thanks to the Lords of the Nights: the terrible Venetian police who oversaw the crimes and brought lawbreakers in front of the courtroom! An amazing route in which you will be accompanied through places never visited until now: enter in the torture room and see real torments items used in the past to make the criminals confess! You’ll go down to see the cold cells to discover the lifestyle of the prisoners: what they ate, drank and where they slept. See the authentic graffiti left by the inmates and listen about the exciting Casanova’s jailbreak: he managed to escape from the maximum-security jail known as “Piombi”! The route arrives until today and the many cultural activities that take place in. Only for small group (maximum 15 people per visit)
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Mysteries & Secrets of Piazza San Marco

Mysteries & Secrets of Piazza San Marco

Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of Piazza San Marco discovering history, tales and legends of its top highlights getting an amazing orientation about Venice! Step by step, with your guide, in an enjoyable way, you will discover the Doge’s Palace: former residence of the duke ,where the Venetian nobles were doing business and trading all over the world. In the Doge’s Palace, they also planned the famous crusade against the Muslims to defend Christianity. See the breathtaking golden Basilica of St Mark with the famous horses carried from Constantinople, symbol of the cultural influence of Bisanzio and the Roman Empire. Cross the arcade under Napoleon’s palace, built by the emperor with the aim to enjoy a modern ballroom made for Sissi , the Austrian Empress, and admire the Royal Gardens. You’ll admire the astronomic clock which overlooks the square. See the worldwide famous Bridge of Sighs and the Palace of the prisons: only Casanova managed to escape! A journey in the past!
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Best Price: Book Doge's Palace skip the line ticket with audio-guide

Best Price: Book Doge's Palace skip the line ticket with audio-guide

Save your precious time and skip the long queue to visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the other museums in Piazza San Marco! Enjoy the digital audio guide to discover the amazing stories and legends inside the Palace: know how the Doge and nobles run the Venice Republic and listen to the famous artists made the marvelous painting around you! Wander in the marvelous halls and corridors at your own pace: see the incredible artistic masterpieces made be great artists as Tiepolo and Tiziano! You will be stunned in front of the Golden Staircase and the incredible Last Judgment: one of the greatest and largest painting in the world. Cross the Bridge of Sighs from the inside to reach the prisons where criminals were kept, including Casanova. Buying the ticket on the spot allows to have special discounted price for youngsters.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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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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Fairytale Venice: Palazzo Ducale, mysterious walking tour & Gondola ride

Fairytale Venice: Palazzo Ducale, mysterious walking tour & Gondola ride

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Explore Venice’s grandest attractions by land and water all in one afternoon on this great-value combo tour. Step inside the opulent former seat of the mighty Venetian Republic on a skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace, and then discover the island’s hidden historic treasures on a guided walk along winding streets and canals. Glide through these famous waterways on a classic Venetian gondola ride, and then explore a trio of museums in St. Mark’s Square at your leisure with an included ticket.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$115.05
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Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

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Explore Venice at your own pace with this self-guided tour, complete with audio guide. By day or night, follow the itinerary to see the heart of Venice including the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. Learn about the history and architecture of the city as you move through Venice independently.
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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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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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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Venice Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Venice Private Tour

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Please be aware that this tour is adapted to the local regulations post Covid-19. Our hosts will deliver this experience with the required equipment always keeping the distance suggested by local authorities. It will be safe and entertaining! Want to see the best of Venice? How about some hidden gems? It’s all possible on this private tour! Join your favorite local and see main landmarks such as the San Marco square while discovering secret places like Acqua Alta bookshop with a local wine tasting for a perfect overview of the city. Picturesque canals, elegant bridges, and breathtaking architecture; Venice, is a magical place! Join the local host on a tour that has it all. From a sight of the best highlights the city has to offer to the discovery of unique spots only the locals know about - this experience brings together the best of both worlds! So get ready, culture, history, and local lifestyle await!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Venice Essentials Tour: San Marco Square & Gondola Ride

Private Venice Essentials Tour: San Marco Square & Gondola Ride

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Discover the sights and secrets of Venice on a private 3.5-hour tour. After a stroll around Piazza San Marco, enjoy immersive guided visits to Doge Palace and San Marco’s Basilica. Cap of your authentic Venetian adventure with a gondola ride down the canals. The half-day excursion is also a great opportunity to orient yourself to the city for future independent exploring.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$250.47
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