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.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- Doge's Palace Exterior
- St. Mark's Square
- The Palace Courtyard
- Giant Staircase
- Golden Staircase
- Bridge of Sighs
- Doge's Palace Prison Cells
- Explore Even More!
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
Experience 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square (columns of San Marco & San Teodoro) located on the south side of the square, near the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.
What to bring?
Comfortable walking shoes.
Q: What should I bring?
A: A sense of curiosity, comfortable shoes, your phone or camera and a water bottle. Don't bring large backpacks or bags.
Q: I have doubts about my mobility. Is this the right tour for me?
A: If you have reduced mobility, we suggest taking a private Doge's Palace tour. The itinerary is much more flexible and easily modified.
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Doge's Palace - great tour!
This was such an amazing tour! We loved seeing the Doge's Palace, especially the bridge of sighs and the prison cells. Definitely check this tour out!
Definitely Worth It!
We booked this tour without knowing much of anything about the Doge's palace. Natalia was fantastic from start to finish! I can't imagine trying to navigate the Doge's Palace without having a knowledgeable tour guide. She had interesting things to talk about throughout the entire tour explaining what much of the extensive artwork actually means as well as what a Doge actually did and how he got to that position. The palace artwork is so extensive that unless you have a background in art history from that period, I think you would just wander through aimlessly. While a person could probably do a lot of research up front and get the same results, if you are on a tight time frame and don't have the time to do your own research, this tour is absolutely worth it. Also, she knows how to navigate the crowds as well as having the ability to really get you through the palace well within the 2 hours of the tour. I would definitely do this tour again.
Doge's Palace was amazing! Gorgeous and full of history. This is a must-see for anyone in Venice, and we're so glad we chose this tour so we really got to fully explore everything. Our guide was fantastic and I can't recommend this tour enough