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.

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 20,675 reviews

So overall we enjoyed Doge’s Palace. Thought we were not going to make it since the line is so long. This Reserved Entry Admission Ticket is not a fast line that you can just enter through another entrance. You will need to fall in line for several minutes. Make sure that if you have a another activity after this make sure to give an allowance (hrs. ) for the next one. Didn’t really paid for a guided tour on this activity, since we are just staying 1 day in Venice. For sure it will be amazing if it’s going to be a guided tour plus I’m sure that there is no waiting in line to enter. Over all it was amazing to see the palace plus the prison and going through the bridge of sighs.

The Doge's Palace is really worth seeing. The ticket gave us the right to walk past the long queue. We hardly had to queue (approx. 10 minutes) and were very quickly in the palace after 3G verification and fever measurements.

Had to do the tour in English as there was no guide with German knowledge in October. The tour with Stefano was super and well explained. Very easy to understand English, the tour is definitely recommended.

This was a three hour tour of San Marco Square, the Basilica and Doge Palace. It was the perfect amount of time to see these amazing sights and learn about the history of Venice.

Very informative and very nice not to have to queue!