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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.

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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

2. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, view the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.

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Venice: Doge’s Palace with Bridge of Sighs

3. Venice: Doge’s Palace with Bridge of Sighs

Visit Doge's Palace with an expert guide and tour its extraordinary rooms. Explore the 5 districts of Venice on a self-guided tour with an app featuring more than 120 points of interest. Together with your expert guide, you will be escorted inside the palace where you can admire artistic masterpieces created by the most famous painters and sculptors of that time. Tiepolo and Tiziano make up only a few of the many artists that decorated this palace. Be stunned in front of the golden staircases, the entrance of the rooms of the Doges, and the halls of power from where you can see the “Last Judgment” by Tintoretto, one of the greatest and largest paintings in the world. Cross the Bridge of Sighs and see Venice from an exclusive point of view as the old prisoners did in the past, before venturing down to the cold and dark prisons. You will see also the jails, celebrated to have hosted also Giacomo Casanova who somehow managed to escape from there. Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app includes a map that escorts you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, and much more. With this app, enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians. With this special ticket, you can visit the Old Royal Palace in St. Marks Square. Here you will discover the Venice lifestyle in the past; the rooms of Sissi (Empress of Austria) and the archaeological museum.

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

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

Discover 2 of the most important buildings in Venice on a private tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, skipping the long lines to both to save time and see more. Meet your guide on Saint Mark’s Square for an overview of the monuments from the outside. Take in the lively atmosphere of the street cafés, entertainers, and hundreds of pigeons! Then, go inside Saint Mark’s Basilica for a comprehensive tour of the marble and mosaic décor. Learn the Basilica's history, and discover the biblical symbolism behind the cathedral’s art. Admire the precious stones of the Pala d’Oro, the high altar of Saint Mark’s. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and lagoon from the terrace. Next, discover the seat of political power during the Venetian Republic at the Doge's Palace. Hear how the duke and his council controlled the fate of the 1.000-year Republic as you wander past masterpieces of art in the palace corridors. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, and experience the inside of the prison cell that was once home to Giacomo Casanova.

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What people are saying about The Doge’s Apartments

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 173 reviews

Skilled and knowledgeable guide - but the best thing was almost that we started by bypassing TWO long queues: the queue of tourists without a prepaid ticket and the queue of tourists with a prepaid ticket but without a guide. There were hundreds of people in both queues.

The explanations of the guide, a real Venetian, were very informative and went far beyond the history of the Doge's Palace. So you could learn a lot about the history of Venice. This is how a tour should be, entertaining and informative.

ESSENTIAL VISIT OF THE PALAIS DES DOGES WITH A CHARMING AND COMPETENT FRANCOPHONE GUIDE: ABSOLUTELY MUST DO

It was a very good tour. We learned a lot of interesting things.

Barbara our guide was just brilliant and very educational.