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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?
  • 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

Very Easy (just be on time and not a minute late or early)

Access to the bell tower was very easy and skipped all of the line. (just be on time and not a minute late or early) I was about 8-9 minutes early and was turned away to wait exactly until my 4:00pm time.

St. Mark's Bell Tower: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 14/10/2018

Informative with a sense of humour added.

The best way to see the sites skipping the inevitably long lines with the added bonus of free admission to the Corer Museum. Our guide was very informative and easily understood. Good value.

efficient way to get in. spectacular view

The views are spectacular and took my breath away. You really get a feel for Venice as a whole from up there. I was also in the tower as the bells rang which was exciting, deafening and fascinating in equal measures. There was a long queue at the front but this ticket allowed me to dodge in through the side door and get in the lift almost straight away

Beautiful building, paintings & rooms exquisite, but a lot of stairs.

Everything went well, walked around on our own, loved the old paintings, lots of rooms to go through, including the armoury. The information signs were good, except for one item. The black funeral Gondola in the main square, nothing at all about this. Prison was amazing, so many corridors and cells, and of course the walk across the Bridge of Sighs. If you're not with a guided tour, you can always listen in, there's lots of them going round. All in all a good visit, well worth the money. I would advise getting a pre-paid ticket to avoid the queues, went straight in.

Venice: Doge's Palace Priority Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 27/09/2018

The only way to see these amazing attractions is with a GYG guide.

Guide was very knowledgeable, considerate, spoke great very understandable English, and had a keen sense of humor. You would miss everything that makes these attractions so interesting without the back-story the guide provide. An absolute MUST.

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