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Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

Duration: 3 hours
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Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line entry to St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace on a 3-hour guided tour. Includes the terrace at St. Mark's, the Bridge…

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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?
    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.

What people are saying about Doge's Palace

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 18,502 reviews

A really good tour but lacked the advertised boat.

A really good tour with a great guide. Disappointing after a ‘luxury’ speedboat was advertised to find a plain old average water taxi was used. Definitely not luxury as the advertising and ticket guaranteed. We felt misled and particularly as there are some more luxurious water taxis in Venice than the two used in our tour. The first was very average and small which ferried the group to the island to go up the bell tower. The second boat for the remainder of the tour was also not a luxury speedboat. One other disappointing factor was the advertised tour set a maximum of 9 persons but 10 were booked. For the price of this tour what is advertised and promised should be met. A really good tour that could have been great if the boat was as advertised and the stipulated maximum number stuck to.

2-Hour Boat Tour with Grand Canal & Tower Climb Reviewed by

Great Guide...cheerful and very informativr

We were in a group of 25 and our guide Francesca started right on time. She was a very knowledgeable lady who passed on information with humor and a smile. It is a long tour with many steps so perhaps not for any one with trouble climbing 300 year old worn staircases! We were very pleased that we took this tour as we would have missed so much if we had guided ourselves. Bypassing the ticket office alone must have saved 45 mins. It was very emotional walking over the bridge of sighs remembering all the prisoners walking to death. Well done Francesca...you made our visit to your lovely city come to life.

Excellent tour-expect a little wait in the queue

The content of this tour is wonderful. Audio guide is thorough and comprehensive. We were a little surprised that the pre-booking does not not allow quicker acces to the Palace. The staff allow chunks of the three queues (no ticket, pre-paid and groups) through in turn to regulate acces to the Palace and no one que is favoured. Having said this once inside the tour is excellent.

Missed important sections as not wheelchair accessible

Our guide was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the information she was giving us. However it says it’s wheelchair accessible- in a way it was but you had to split up from your tour group and go to different areas to get lifts so you missed chucks of the tour as your headset went out of range. Including the bridge of sighs

Lovely trip well organized and great tour guide

Although this trip was excellent, unfortunately it was spoilt but 3 small children on a 2 hour coach trip there and back to Venice from Lake Garda screaming and shouting. The trip is NOT suitable for children. Otherwise all very good, tour around Venice and the Lagoon and Gondola ride.

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