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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

Excellent guide and a great way to see these two amazing sites.

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.

The line moved quickly and the views were spectacular.

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.

Venice: Doge's Palace Priority Admission Ticket Reviewed by jeffrey, 10/24/2018

A Fascinating Tour with an Excellent Guide

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).

A fantastic tour with so much information shared

It was well worth booking this tour to visit these sights. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and approachable for questions. Would highly recommend.

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica 2-Hour Tour Reviewed by Jacqueline, 10/18/2018

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.

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