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The Magnificent Architecture of the Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace, now a famous museum, was once the seat of power of the Venetian Republic. With its ornate Gothic facade, beautifully frescoed interiors, and gilded ceilings, it's a wonder to behold – here are five of its architectural highlights.

Filippo Calendario's Portico and Statues

Filippo Calendario's Portico and Statues

Filippo Calendario, the mastermind sculptor and architect, designed the gorgeous columned arcade in the palace's facade and also sculpted many of its marvellous statues.

The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

One of Venice's most famous landmarks, this enclosed bridge was a passageway for convicts leading from the interrogation rooms inside the palace to the prisons across the canal.

Golden Staircase

Golden Staircase

Built to impress, this staircase with an opulently gilded stucco ceiling offered visitors a majestic entrance to the Doge's apartments on the upper floor.

The Doge's Apartments

The Doge's Apartments

Lavishly decorated with ornate ceilings and fireplaces, the Doge's apartments also hold a priceless collection of Renaissance paintings by the likes of Titian and Giovanni Bellini.

Higher Council Hall

Higher Council Hall

Designed to showcase the magnificence of the Republic, this large hall is full of artistic masterpieces, including Paradise by Tintoretto, the largest oil painting in the world.

Our insider tips

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?
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM on Sundays to Thursdays. Open until 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
  • 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.

What people are saying about Doge's Palace

Our guide made our visit successful. She was very knowledgeable.

Although we experienced Easter crowds, our guide weaved our way through the crowds so that we ended up with a very good experience in spite of the number of people.

The Grandeur of Venice: Doge's Palace & Basilica Tour Reviewed by James & Gretchen, 04/21/2019

Skip the long long long long long long lines

This was well worth the $. The reason is you skip the incredibly long lines out side , although when you get in they seem to have a difficult time deciding which line you are in?? The palace is so interesting and just unbelievable artwork; but I enjoyed the prison section the most, go figure.

Venice: Doge's Palace Priority Admission Ticket Reviewed by Angela, 04/16/2019

An exceptional tour in an exceptional place with an exceptional guide!

Learning about the treasures of Venice from a native Venetian was a wonderful experience. Thank you so much to Roberta for all of her knowledge and warmth. I would highly recommend this tour.

awesome tour hosted by a very knowledgeable guide

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Our guide (Virginia) was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions asked in addition to very detailed explanations of what we were seeing. The crowds were massive and the time in St Marks Basilica is limited but it was worth the effort. The audio system worked well and we were able to hear everything our guide was explaining.

Interesting 5our behind the scenes of the palace.

Lovely guide with good sense of humour , interesting tour seeing hidden places. Everyone in the tour was given a little device with headphones to hear the guide better.

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