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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Doge's Palace: Our Tips

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 to visit
    9AM - 7PM on Sundays through Thursdays. Open until 8PM on Fridays and Saturdays
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • Flash photography is not permitted inside the museum.
    • Backpacks and other chunky items must be left outside with a clerk, free of charge.

What People Are Saying About Doge's Palace

Fantasic...fantastic...fantastic...fantastic

Excellent guide, with a lot of humor and knowledge about the city architecture and the historical monuments :):):) Amazing !!!

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's 3.5-Hour Tour Reviewed by Youlian, 11/30/2016

Good, but careful with verbal information!

We took the 3 days pass plus Alilagina (airport-cruise terminal-airport). When exchanging vouchers for tickets upon arriving at th airport, I was told we could use the tickets to Sn Marco, and later on finish the trip from San Marco to the cruise terminal. That was not so, we had to buy another ticket at €15.-, so beware! Otherwise the 3 days vaporetto were excellent! Would buy them again?

Tour guide cancelled half of the tour and advised me to seek a reimbur

The tour of Doge's palace was great. Guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We appreciated his approach and knowledge of the history of the palace as well as its inhabitants.

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica 2-Hour Tour Reviewed by William, 11/02/2016

We had a great tour with a very nice guide!

We really enjoyed the tour! Booked it two days in advance and everything worked out perfectly.

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica 2-Hour Tour Reviewed by Sandra, 10/28/2016

Very qualified guide and recommended tour

We really enjoyed our stay in Venice and especially the guided tour that gave us a bright overview of the history of the city.

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's 3.5-Hour Tour Reviewed by un client GetYourGuide, 10/20/2016

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