Guided tour

The Doge's Palace 1-Hour Tour

Activity provider: Very Viva Venice Srl

The Doge's Palace 1-Hour Tour

Activity provider: Very Viva Venice Srl
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From US$ 58.04 per person

Likely to sell out

Visit the Doge’s Palace in Venice and discover a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture. See the center of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government.

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Duration 1 hour
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Skip the line through express security check
Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Optional audio guide
Private or small groups available


  • Get entry to the Doge's Palace
  • See the residential offices of the Venetian government
  • Admire the superb Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture
  • Discover masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, and Bellini
  • Go to the prison where Casanova was incarcerated, and which he later escaped
Full description
The Palazzo Ducale, or "Doge’s Palace," represented  the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. With this 1-hour tour you will get entry to the splendid rooms, ornately outfitted in hundreds of masterpieces of art, where the Duke and his council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year-old republic. Listen and learn as the palace comes to life in the company of an expert guide, who will show you the halls of power, plunging you into a very particular historical context – the European Middle Ages, and the immediately following centuries. Be surprised by the rich details of the gold staircase and by the remarkable realism of the scenes created by the many artists who decorated the building. Relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and enter the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova, among many others.
  • 1-hour guided tour inside the Doge's Palace (shared or private)
  • Entrance tickets to all St. Mark's Square Museums (The Correr Museum, The Archaeological Museum, The Biblioteca Marciana)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Please meet at: Calle Larga Ascensione, between Museo Correr and the Post Office.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Flash photography

    Know before you go

    • Free for children aged up to 6
    • Please note that your entrance ticket to the St. Mark's Square Museums does not include a guide. This ticket is valid for 3 months from date of emission
    • In November to March, tours could be bilingual
    • Because of security checks you might experience a line to get inside the Doge's Palace. You will skip the line for non reserved tickets but security check is mandatory.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 602 reviews

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    Very nice visit. The only problem: some people do not wait at the meeting point and you have to go pick them up and waste time on the visit. This will not infringe on the time spent on the visit but will end later. Just annoying if we have more dates afterwards.

    October 12, 2021

    Excellent tour!

    Filippo gave us an exceptional tour of the Doge's Palace, including the Bridge of Sighs and some of the dungeons. It lasted longer than an hour (more like 90 minutes - possibly left a little late), but these minor things were worth it for the information we received. Filippo was accommodating, informative, easy to follow (literally and figuratively) and kind. This was just enough to learn about the location without feeling overwhelmed with information. He walked through significant art and history to tell a complete story. The pace felt comfortable. I would recommend this tour and this guide!

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    June 27, 2019

    Avoid the long lines

    It was great to go past all of those people standing in line in the hot sun. The Doges Palace is very warm in the summer so keep that in mind. The guide was knowledgable and friendly. It's too bad the apartments were closed because that would have been a nice feature to see.

    August 29, 2016

    Product ID: 6523