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Explore the heart of Venetian history with a walk through its stunning Gothic palace

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Doge's Palace FAQs

The Doge's Palace that dominates the scene on Palazzo Ducale has had many forms over the years, but its role as the seat of the Venetian Republic is still evident today.

Comprised of three wings, construction began as early as 1340, with towers, walls, and canals built to protect the city and its citizens. The Doge's apartments, government offices, and a prison building were added during the early Renaissance when most political negotiations took place at the height of Venice's world power.

Reconstructed and renovated many times over the centuries, the Doge's Palace has kept the Doge's apartments and most council meeting rooms intact, and tourists can visit both the prison and the armory.

The Doge's Palace has served multiple purposes throughout history.

It houses the luxurious apartments of the former Doge and royal family, a stronghold prison, an armory, and parts of the palace are now dedicated to a modern museum showcasing cultural artifacts unique to the Venetian Republic.

As one of the few cities where no cars are allowed in the city center, you can get to the Doge's Palace through Venice's famed waterways.

Take a vaporetto, a water taxi, and get off at Palazzo Ducale from the Grand Canale (you can't miss it). If you prefer the scenic route through Venice's beautiful buildings, you can also walk or cycle.

Tickets overview

  • The beautiful arches, columns, and ornate decoration on the facade make the Doge's Palace a stunning example of Venetian Gothic architecture

  • Learn about the luxurious lifestyle of the Doge by exploring the private apartments decorated with opulent furnishings

  • Visit the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the prison. It was named after prisoners who, according to legend, would see Venice one last time through the tiny windows before being imprisoned

  • See impressive art collections and historical exhibits illustrating Venetian culture and history throughout the palace

The Doge’s Palace is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in history and architecture. Be sure to book your ticket ahead of time to beat the crowds.

There are a variety of Doge’s Palace tickets to choose from:

  • Get to know the history of the palace through a guided tour

  • Ready to go solo and discover more on your own? Pick an entry ticket that's right for you

  • Combine your Doge’s Palace visit with other Venetian gems with a city pass

Accessibility information

  • Wheelchair access is possible through an accessible entrance and an elevator to the upper floor
  • A staff member can escort you to the elevator and guide you through the palace rooms
  • Most of the palace rooms have step-free access, but the armory and the Bridge of Sighs require stairs

General information

  • For a more peaceful experience, visit during the early morning or late evening on weekdays
  • There is a cloakroom available for bulky bags, and umbrellas which are not allowed in exhibition areas
  • Please be aware of the dress code and refrain from wearing beachwear or skimpy clothing
  • Admission may be denied for those with covered faces
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed in exhibition areas
  • Visitors should follow marked routes and respect barriers

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Albertina ,  Croatia Croatia
06 Apr 2024
The palace is in great condition. You can use a listening guide which explains everything for each room. You have lots of thing to see and I was amazed by the beauty of it.
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Shakun,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
28 Mar 2024
Really cool place to visit. Definitely recommend it. Would have been better with a guide as there were parts of the museum that could do with more text explaining the different artefacts.
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Nigel,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
20 Mar 2024
Easy to book and it was easy to skip the line. Interesting Palace to visit. Maybe it gets a bit samey after the first few amazing wow rooms there are many more that are very similar
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About: Doge's Palace Venice

The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian) is one of La Serenissima's most iconic landmarks. The first Doge's Palace was built on this spot in the 9th century but was destroyed by fire. The Gothic palace that stands in St. Mark's Square today dates back to the 14th century. It has undergone many refurbishments and upgrades over the years. Since the 16th century, it's been linked to the New Prison by the (in)famous Bridge of Sighs.

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Doge's Palace Venice
San Marco 1, 30124, Venice
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