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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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Essential Venice, Private Walking Tour, 2 hrs

Essential Venice, Private Walking Tour, 2 hrs

This 2-hour tour of Venice highlights is the ultimate walking tour if you only have one day. in the magical city. Stroll with a guide who accompanies up to 8 adults in your private party; enjoy exterior views of major landmarks, such as the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Set out in the morning or afternoon, allowing you to plan for meals and any extra sightseeing independently.
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Essential Venice: 2 hour small group walking tour

Essential Venice: 2 hour small group walking tour

Experience the true essence of Venice on a small-group walking tour of the sights in and around St. Mark's Square. See show-stoppers like St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace from the outside, then make the most of your time as you bypass the crowds and head into the narrow backstreets for a look at hidden treasures, while learning the city’s intriguing history along the way. Afterwards, your guide can help arrange a private gondola tour for a grand finale.
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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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Self-guided Discovery Walk in Venice’s Centre: a labyrinth of art and history

Self-guided Discovery Walk in Venice’s Centre: a labyrinth of art and history

Are you a curious human who enjoys wandering off the beaten path? Explore and learn about Venice’s marvellous centre on this playful and self-guided walk. Created by an enthusiastic Italian digital nomad, Margherita, this route shows you a slightly mysterious side to this beautiful city. As you solve location-based riddles, you’ll find out there is more to the Doge Palace than meets the eye. Along the way, you’ll unlock curious local stories and pass by contemporary hidden gems, such as an abandoned convent and an old butcher’s store turned into a vintage boutique. If you want to experience the typical Venetian atmosphere in an original way, you’re on the right way! This playful walk across the centre of Venice sharpens your senses and encourages you to appreciate the most wonderful – and often hidden – details around you. Whether you know Venice or just start exploring here, this experience gives you a perspective on discovery that will inspire your curiosity wherever you go next.
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Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

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Want to see the Dolomites, tour Venice and save money at the same time? Book this Venice Super Saver, which combines two best-selling tours at a 10-percent discount, and spread your sightseeing over two days. Start with a Dolomites day trip to visit Lake Santa Caterina, the ski village of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain range, and then take a tour of the Venice on the second day. Bypass the entrance lines outside St Mark’s Basilica, explore the city by foot and, finally, finish with a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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One day in Venice

One day in Venice

One day with your local guide who will introduce you and visit Venice on a tour that travels the city like a journey through time. A day to fall in love with Venice and get to know it as only Venetians understand it.
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Private Venice Shore Excursion with Gondola Ride

Private Venice Shore Excursion with Gondola Ride

Spend an unforgettable day at port with this completely private shore excursion in Venice including a city tour and romantic gondola ride along the city famous canals. Skip the line at the magnificent St. Mark's Cathedral, where you'll admire the glittering Palo d’Oro, and take a tour through centuries of Venetian history and intrigue at the Doge’s Palace. Round-trip transfers from the cruise terminal make for a seamless, stress-free experience.
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Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

See Venice with a local on this private tour around the city. Learn about the history of the Venetian empire and what the city is like today. See and photograph locations like Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, and other standout architectural landmarks. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access.
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Venice Walking Tour

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Venice as you’ve never seen before and marvel at amazing panoramic views • Stroll down the narrow alleys of Venice and encounter enchanting squares • Receive that local touch with the professional guide as you see the main highlights of Venice - Join an amazing one and a half tour, as Venice is a fascinating maze of narrow streets, beautiful & elegant palaces, and imposing churches: we make sure you don't miss a thing during an enlightening walking tour led by our professional guides.
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Walking Tour in Venice

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore Venice as you’ve never seen before and marvel at amazing panoramic views • Stroll down the narrow alleys of Venice and encounter enchanting squares • Receive that local touch with the professional guide as you see the main highlights of Venice - Join an amazing one and a half tour, as Venice is a fascinating maze of narrow streets, beautiful & elegant palaces, and imposing churches: we make sure you don't miss a thing during an enlightening walking tour led by our professional guides.
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Venice Highlights : City tour and Grand Canal boat Experience

Venice Highlights : City tour and Grand Canal boat Experience

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Get a true Venetian experience on this 3-hour private tour. Follow your guide around the city and see the famous Piazza San Marco, Doges Palace, and the Basilica as you listen to the history of the Italian city. Then take a private boat along the Grand Canal and see the city from a different perspective and how people navigated the city for hundreds of years.
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Express Tour Of Venice Highlights

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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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Private 12-hours Tour to Venice from Milan with Hotel Pick-Up and drop off

Private 12-hours Tour to Venice from Milan with Hotel Pick-Up and drop off

Known as the 'Queen of the Adriatic', the 'Serenísima' or the 'city of the canals', Venice is the capital of the Italian region of Veneto. It's a beautiful city where it is worth getting lost in it's little streets. You will discover the main emblematic places of Venice with your private official tour guide. Of course you will have some free time (with your guide´s recommendation) for a wonderful Italian lunch or appetizer before driving back to Milán. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance.
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Venice city tour with St Mark's Square museum visits

Venice city tour with St Mark's Square museum visits

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This 5-hour program includes a 2-hour guided city tour and admission to several of the museums on St. Mark’s Square. Travel back into the history of one of the world's most beautiful cities. Led by an expert guide, you’ll discover the most significant monuments of the city, and explore some hidden paths as well. Experience the beauty of St. Mark's Square and learn more about the Republic of Venice and how it achieved its dominant position. Take a leisurely walk through the elegant area surrounding the Rialto Bridge, and learn how it was a busy crossroads in commercial life, teeming with local and foreign merchants. At St. Mark's Square you'll have the chance to visit some of the most important museums of the city, including the Doge's Palace, the Museo Correr (and its current exhibition), the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the monumental rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
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Historical Heart of Venice PM - Skip the line tour

Historical Heart of Venice PM - Skip the line tour

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A classic Venice sightseeing package, this multi-faceted tour includes guided visits to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, topped off with a scenic gondola ride. Groups are kept small to ensure a personalized experience, with each boat capped at six people. Listen to stories from the city’s Renaissance heyday and discover centuries-old Byzantine masterpieces—plus lesser known canals off the main tourist track.
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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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A private walking and gondola tour in Venice

A private walking and gondola tour in Venice

Venice is a unique city, where land merges with water; alleys and canals are part of the same, dense fabric, connecting the city side by side in an almost incomprehensible way. This is why walking and boating are the two main ways to discover the secrets of Venice: this private guided tour will allow you to enjoy both of them. After a pleasant stroll, which will touch iconic locations such as Piazza San Marco, you will board on a typical "gondola", a small rowing boat which is one of the symbols of Venice worldwide. In about half an hour, cradled by the placid waters of shady canals, you will witness the beauties of this amazing city form a completely different point of view.
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Venice Self-Guided Audio Tour

Venice Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Some guided tours can feel rushed and impersonal but you can explore Venice at your own pace with this self-guided tour. At a time of your choosing, download your audio tour and map and embark upon your tour, which takes you through the city’s atmospheric passageways and to such top attractions as St Mark's Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge.
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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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Private Tour: Venice Walk, Gondola, and Private Boat Tour ending on Murano Island with Venetian Lunch and Glass Factory Visit

Private Tour: Venice Walk, Gondola, and Private Boat Tour ending on Murano Island with Venetian Lunch and Glass Factory Visit

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Let a local guide show you the ancient grandeur and hidden enchantment of Venice on a private, 6-hour tour. Step inside the majestic Doge’s Palace to see where the republic’s mighty rulers once lived, and explore the city’s romantic canals on a private gondola ride. Then cruise across the Venetian Lagoon to the colorful island of Murano, where you’ll enjoy a delicious seafood lunch and a private demonstration by a master glassblower.
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Venice Night Secrets Guided Tour from St Mark to Marco Polo House Frari & Rialto

Venice Night Secrets Guided Tour from St Mark to Marco Polo House Frari & Rialto

Venice is at its most atmospheric after dark when the streets are quiet and the crowds have dispersed. This private tour ensures you see the city at its very best. Starting at San Marco Square, you'll head for the majestic Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge, and landmarks such as Teatro La Fenice, Scuola Grande di San Marco, and Marco Polo’s house.
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A full taste of Venice - the very best in one day (free tour to Murano included)

A full taste of Venice - the very best in one day (free tour to Murano included)

Having a full taste of Venice in one single day? Impossible is nothing. A private guide will enter with you the magnificent Basilica, icon of the city and brilliant treasure chest for the relics of San Marco. The guide will then accompany you into the Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city. A private gondola will then cradle you through the smaller canals, the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water, listening to your guide’s descriptions. And at the end, just a short walk to the waterfront to be picked-up by a private water taxi which will take you along the most spectacular street in the world: the Grand Canal, giving you a great overall view of the city covering many of the “sestieri” of the city.
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First time in Venice

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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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