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Top sights in Venice
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, the mastermind sculptor and architect, designed the gorgeous columned arcade in the palace's facade and also sculpted many of its marvellous statues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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 thereThe 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
We showed up for the tour about 15-20 minutes early and the staff wasn’t there yet, which wasn’t unexpected. A lot of other people also showed up before staff and so when they did come, it all came a little chaotic. With another company meeting in the same place, it added to this as well. Although it was off to a rough start, the experience from that point on was excellent. We had a great guide for Dogge’s and when going into the basilica they tried to split the group up into smaller ones, and we went ahead with the other guide. We were one of the only ones who switched since everyone loved the first guide! The second guide was just as good. They were very knowledgeable, informative, and got us through the group lines as fast as anyone. Trust me, you don’t want to wait hours in these lines. The tours might be a little bit of money, but it’s so worth it keep your sanity by avoiding the lines, and getting to listen to the great guides.
Accessed 2 of the 3 museums available on our ticket, really good value for money. 2 museums across from each other so easy to access both in a very short time, really enjoyed them
This was a well organised tour with a very good guide who brought the sites to life with her commentary. Be prepared for two hours on your feet and avoid taking a large backpack if you can as you will have to hand it in to security at each site (and there may be a queue). Well worth the money.
We went up to the top of the tower at 2:00 when the bells rang. Bring earplugs just in case. The views, of course were wonderful and you can’t take a bad picture.
It eas east to identify the meeting point by the money exchange practically under the clock tower at St Marc’s Square. Some people baulked at the number of people gathering but soon relaxed when they realised they were being split into smaller groups depending upon the language you required. Our guide , who had a degree in french literature and was extremely knowledgeable and multi lingual, was excellent. The content was excellent and she presented with good humour too. With her we bypassed the ticket queues but you should be aware that you must still join the next queue for security checks which did not take long. The audio connection worked well throughout and she could easily be heard. She explained this was the only tour thst was permitted to sit in the basillica whilst she completed the explanation of historical events. An overall excellent tour and tour guide (sorry I can’t remember her name).