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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, the mastermind sculptor and architect, designed the gorgeous columned arcade in the palace's facade and also sculpted many of its marvellous statues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
- When to visit9AM - 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 thereThe 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
Excellent guide, with a lot of humor and knowledge about the city architecture and the historical monuments :):):) Amazing !!!
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?
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.
We really enjoyed the tour! Booked it two days in advance and everything worked out perfectly.
We really enjoyed our stay in Venice and especially the guided tour that gave us a bright overview of the history of the city.