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Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

1. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

Visit the Doge's Palace, an important historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. As you explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic, you’ll travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

2. Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

Escape the crowds on a late afternoon guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and discover 2 of the icons of Venice away from the crowds. Meet your guide by the statue of the winged lion on St. Mark’s Square. Then, enter the Doge's Palace to learn more about the center of power during the Venetian Republic. See the sumptuous apartments of the Venetian rulers, as well as the Hall of the Great Council with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear secret stories behind the art, such as why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn how the were dukes were elected, and what they did. Explore the massive armory and spooky prisons. Cross the Bridge of Sighs on the inside, and hear why it is not quite as romantic as you might have thought! After a short break, continue to the Byzantine basilica of St. Mark's, and see its gilt decorations after the crowds have left for the day. A custodian of the cathedral will unlock its doors so that you can experience like only a doge could. Marvel at the gemstones of the Pala d’Oro altarpiece. Visit the crypt, where the bones of St. Mark are said to be kept. Admire mosaics in the soft glimmer of the evening light, and learn about Venetian art and history from your passionate guide.

Venice: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

3. Venice: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

Explore the beauty of the Doge’s Palace, one of the most famous museums of the city, just next to San Mark’s Basilica. Discover Many stories and learn everything about this ancient Palace with a local guide. See the most interesting paintings of the museum, Tintoretto’s and Tiziano’s masterpieces. Journey to the past when this beautiful room was full of people discussing the future of Venice. Discover one of the most iconic places of the city from a different point of view. Cross the Bridge of Sighs, like the prisoners, did in the past. You won’t miss a single detail of this amazing and unique palace.

Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

4. Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda

Spend the day in one of the world’s most romantic cities on a full-day tour to Venice from Lake Garda. Transfer across the Veneto by air-conditioned bus, and then hop on a private boat to the heart of the city. Following your pick-up from various points in the Lake Garda region, including Limone, Riva del Garda and Bardolino, transfer to Venice with a short coffee break near Soave. The estimated time of arrival in Venice is 11:00 AM. Upon arrival, hop on a private boat and cross the lagoon to St. Mark's. Take a 40 minute walking tour, with a guide and headphones of St Mark's and see many of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Campanile. Stroll the main streets to the Rialto Bridge and other monuments of “La Serenissima.” Learn more about the Republic of Venice and how it came to dominant both the east and the west as the “Queen of the Adriatic.” Universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the city is built on a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals. The central sestiere (district) is awash with beautiful squares and crumbling mansions, along with ancient churches, ateliers and bridges. In the afternoon you will have some free time to relax and explore on your own. Get off the beaten path for a more authentic look at everyday life in the city, or just sit back and people watch in one of the many cafés of Piazza San Marco. A boat will be waiting to take you from St. Mark's Square to the transfer bus at approximately 5:45 PM.

Venice: Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Entry, Small-Group Tour

5. Venice: Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Entry, Small-Group Tour

Take part in this guided tour of the Doge’s Palace. Discover the inner workings of the Venetian government. Admire the art throughout the Palace, learn how Bridge of Sighs got its name, and hear stories about the prisoners kept in the Prisons. Meet your guide and be equipped with headphones to hear the fascinating history of Venice. Learn about the Venetian's unique form of government, the role of the Doge (the Duke of Venice), and the notorious Council of Ten, who were created to maintain the security of the State.  Enter the Doge’s Palace with skip-the-line entry to avoid any queues. Listen as your guide discusses the works of art that adorn the walls of the palace and the Byzantine-Gothic style of architecture that went on to influence the rest of the city. Cross the Bridge of Sighs, as prisoners did in the past, to see the Prisons of the Doges Palace. Discuss the notorious torture chambers reserved for enemies of the state, and hear tales of woe about the prisoners kept there.  

Venice: Monuments and Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

6. Venice: Monuments and Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

Discover the most famous places in the Venice Lagoon, aboard a panoramic eco boat with a single ticket valid for 24 hours to get on / off wherever you prefer. The main stops are the Santa Lucia Station, Punta Sabbioni, Piazza S. Marco and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. In Murano, a visit to a glass factory is included with a demonstration of glass processing. On board you will be accompanied by the explanations of our author audio guides and you will also have different itineraries available for when you get off our eco-boats. At the San Marco stop you can use priority tickets for the Doge's Palace, home of the Doge and seat of the Grand Council of the Serenissima and the Basilica of San Marco, the symbol of Christianity in Venice: visit the two famous monuments of Venice by skipping the line.

Venice: Doge’s Palace Smartphone Audio Tour

7. Venice: Doge’s Palace Smartphone Audio Tour

Explore Doge’s Palace in Venice at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an expert. Listen to fascinating stories, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain great insights into the most iconic landmark of the city. Start your tour from Porta del Frumento and encounter the enormous interior courtyard. Witness the art of Tiziano, Tintoretto & Veronese. This tour, combining an immersive audio tour with a detailed map of the site, is the perfect companion to the Doge’s Palace and its riveting stories.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Private Tour

8. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Private Tour

Avoid the long lines and discover 2 of Venice’s most important treasures on this walking tour. Meet your guide at Doge’s Palace and walk straight past the long lines of tourists. Walk through what used to be the home of the Dukes of Venice and learn more about this symbol of the city from your guide’s detailed commentary as you admire the numerous Renaissance frescoes located in the building.   Continue your visit to St Mark’s Basilica, where you will once again skip the lines of tourists. Admire the church’s famous gold mosaics and listen to your guide as they explain the meaning of each of these mosaics.   Finally, enjoy a 1-hour walking tour of Venice’s most important locations, learning more about its exotic history and transformation throughout the years as you stroll through its picturesque canals.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

9. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Discover the unparalleled beauty of the floating city of Venice with an early entrance to Doge's Palace, fast-track access to St Mark's Basilica, and a guided walking tour to Rialto Bridge. Go back in history and marvel at the creativity and sophistication of the Venetians. Get the privilege of a priority entry to Doge's Palace before the normal public. Appreciate the magnificent works of art adorning the walls of this Venetian Gothic Architectural masterpiece. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the prisons. Next, gain skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica and bask in the beauty of one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture in the world. Get access to its rooftop to enjoy panoramic views of Venice from the top. After your visit, continue to the historical St Mark’s Square as your guide shares stories behind all the monuments that surround the gorgeous square including St Mark’s Clock Tower, St Mark’s Campanile, Correr Museum, and the Marciana National Library. Then, follow your guide on a walking tour through the narrow alleyways and bridges of Venice. Pass by iconic monuments such as the Square of Santa Maria Formosa, Square of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, The Courtyard of Million, and Square of San Borrtolomio. Finally reach the true heart of Venice, the Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal in the midst of the town's main shopping area. Experience the hustle and bustle of the shops and feel free to indulge in some shopping or savor Venetian delicacies at the surrounding cafes and restaurants.

Venice: Skip-the-Line Doge’s Palace & Basilica Walking Tour

10. Venice: Skip-the-Line Doge’s Palace & Basilica Walking Tour

Discover the magnificent buildings of Venice. Take a walk through the imposing Doge's Palace and explore the impressive Basilica. Start at the Doge's Palace. For more than 800 years it has been the seat of the Doge and the Government of the Venetian Republic. Admire the halls of power in which a part of Europe's history was written during the Middle Ages. Learn all about the intrigues and lies told behind the walls of the palace. In the second part of the tour, visit the basilica. The church is an excellent example of the Byzantine style. Admire the golden mosaics that earned the basilica its nickname the "Golden Basilica", and learn all about the myriad of art treasures from the western and eastern worlds. At the end of the tour, keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit the Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's square at your own pace.

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What people are saying about New Prisons, Doge's Palace

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,522 reviews

No queueing to enter with these tickets. The place itself is beautiful. So much history. We spent a good couple of hours taking our time walking around.

Was a beautiful place to visit but bars and restaurants in the square were very very expensive 18 Euros for a drink that was 3.5 Euros everywhere else

Easy to book online, walked straight in no queuing. Lots to see. Very impressive rooms and views from the windows, definitely worth a visit.

Good to know that even with advance tickets, there is likely to be a line, although it moves fairly quickly.

Very convenient, easy to access. Book first to avoid the queue.