- Get a one-hour walking tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, led by a knowledgeable guide. Afterward, you're free to explore this Venetian palace on your own
- Skip the often lengthy lines of this Venice highlight and get fast-track admission to public chambers, Renaissance artwork, and fascinating history of Venice's all-powerful Doges
- Walk across the Bridge of Sighs (where prisoners used to let out a long depressed breath before being locked up forever), and tour the New Prisons
The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale in Italian) is one of Venice's most iconic landmarks. A magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the palace was the residence of the Doge, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice. It's a definite must-see of any visit to la Serenissima.
This skip-the-line ticket gets you right into the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of Venice which was for centuries the heart of its political power. And not only do you blow past the line on the way in, the first hour of your visit is spent in the company of a knowledgeable and friendly guide, who fills you in on the history and stories of this remarkable palazzo.
One highlight is the Opera Museum (which isn't about arias and divas, but rather a history of all the work - opera in Italian, that this building has undergone over the centuries). It's not just about structural improvements, in other areas you'll get the chance to see Renaissance masterpieces by Tintoretto and Titian, among others.
But to really get a sense of the dramatic history, the glorious art must be compared to the prisons that are part of the complex. Crossing the Doge, or challenging the power of the Venetian Republic has sever consequences.
The Piombi attic prison upstairs was where the upper crust was imprisoned (notorious lover Casanova was once a resident here), and then, across the famous Bridge of Sighs, there's the New Prisons. You'll have the chance to breathe your own sigh as you cross the bridge.
However, unlike the melancholy prisoners who got their last view of Venice as they crossed into imprisonment, your sigh will be one of relief - your stay in the New Prisons is only as long as you choose. And afterwards, you can wander the palace as long as you like, or just hop into your gondola and head off on your next adventure.
- An hour guided tour
- Skip the line entrance to the Doge's Palace
- All entrance fees including your entrance ticket of €18 to enter the palace
- Entrance to the Correr museum and the Sansovini library
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food & drinks
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
How to use your tickets
Show your ticket on your smartphone to our assistant before you start the tour.
NOTE: Backpacks or rucksacks aren't allowed inside The Doge's Palace
High tides may affect the tour.
Guide informative without overloading with information.
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