Doge's Palace

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

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Planning Your Visit

  • 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?
    Hours vary based on time of year:
    April 1-October 31
    Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-9:00 PM
    Friday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-11:00 PM
    November 1-March 31
    Open daily, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • 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.

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What people are saying about Doge's Palace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 18,966 reviews

Stefano is a terrific guide! He explained the history and architecture relating to St. Mark’s Bacilica and Doge’s Palace in an easy to understand manner and with a strong knowledge foundation. His background as an architect added another positive dimension. The 3 hour tour went quickly. We highly recommend taking it.

This tour is a definite recommendation, a must-do for everyone interested in Venice's history. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, with an in-depth response for everyone extra question we had and brought across the information in a way that was engaging and fun to listen to.

The guide was friendly, well informed and organized. This tour is amazing for people who want to be advised in historical facts about the buildings and life of the people of Venice.

Great experience. Very knowledgeable and engaging Guide. We were a small group of 6 so felt very personal. Seamless and quick entry to all sites. Would highly recommend.

Schöne Tour, sehr freundliche und kenntnisreiche Führerin. Organisation gut, keine Beschwerden.