Doge's Palace Venice Tour

Skip the line to enter this Venetian palace and its connected prison cells

Skip the line and go behind the scenes to see the best parts of this incredible Venetian Gothic palace. This is where the seat of the powerful Venetian Republic operated. Now, the palace stands a reminder of how law was carried out in Venice.


We will stroll through the galleries and rooms of the palace without too much effort.

2 h
max 18
from 13 reviews


Doge's Palace
The Doge's Palace is where the highest-elected magistrates ruled Venice with an iron fist. Go back in time to hear stories of crime, betrayal and the legal system that once kept Venice in check. Inside the Venetian Gothic palace, admire works of art by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. See the Golden Staircase, the Bridge of Sighs and even some prison cells. This 2-hour includes:
  • - English-speaking local tour guide
  • - Maximum group size of 15
  • - Comprehensive tour general access rooms
  • - Skip the line Doge's Palace tickets

Doge's Palace History

Meet your guide outside Doge's Palace. Before skipping the line, admire the building’s exterior and learn about St. Mark’s Square. The Doge's Palace, or Palazzo Ducale in Italiano, is a perfect example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Once home to the Doge when the city was a Republic, the palace sits next to St. Mark's Basilica (the former private place of worship for the Doge). 

Doge's Palace Interior

The interior of the Doge's Palace is grand to say the least. Inside you’ll find marble fireplaces, friezes and stucco adorning the walls. Some works of art stand out over the rest and our guide will lead you straight to them. These grand creations include frescoes by Titian and Veronese. Take a look at the Stairs of Gold, which connect the first floor of the palace to the third, where offices were located.

Something to Sigh About

Doge's Palace not only held the seat of the Venetian Republic - it also connected to a prison via the famous Bridge of Sighs. Linking freedom with incarceration, prisoners walked across this bridge before spending years or even the remainder of their lives behind bars. If that wasn’t enough to sigh about, the small windows carved into the bridge offered convicts their last glance of beautiful Venice. That's plenty to sigh about.