Doge's Palace

8.5/10

148 Reviews

The Doge's Palace in Venice – including the Bridge of Sighs prison in Venice is part of the Civic Museums Foundation of Venice – and one of the essential sights to see in Venice.

On this page you can find useful information to organize your visit to the Doge’s Palace in Venice: opening hours and prices, as well as a brief description of what you can admire. Also you can conveniently buy online your entry tickets to Venice Doge Palace. Please consider that the Doge's Palace can only be visited with a cumulative ticket (single entry tickets do not exixt): you can choose either the Museums of St. Mark's Square ticket - which also includes a entry to Correr Museum, Venice National Archaeological Museum and the Monumental Rooms of the National Library of St Mark's - or the Museum Pass ticket, which includes entries to other 11 important museums in Venice (please find further details below).

In addition, you can buy online tickets to access the great exhibitions that the Doge's Palace hosts during the year.

Choose your ticket

Warning! You can visit the Doge's Palace only purchasing one of the passes listed below

Ticket

Museum Pass
Full price 25.00
Reduced 19.00  

Ticket

Museums of St. Mark's Square
Full price 20.00
Reduced 14.50  

Ticket

Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594'
Full price 14.50
Reduced 12.50  

Ticket

Museums of Saint Mark’s Square + Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594'
Full price 23.00
Reduced 17.50  

Ticket

Museum Pass + Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594'
Full price 29.00
Reduced 23.50  

Important information

Doge's Palace Venice - Opening times

  • From 26 March to 1 November: 8.30am – 7.00pm (last entrance 6.00pm)
  • From 2 November to 25 March: 8.30am – 5.30pm (last entrance 4.30pm)
  • Closed: 25 December and 1 January

The Doge’s Palace in Venice can only be visited by purchasing a combined ticket (St Mark’s Square Museums or Museum Pass). There is no ticket granting admission to only the Doge’s Palace.

From 7 September 2018 to 6 January 2019 the Doge’s Palace hosts ‘Tintoretto 1519-1594’, a major exhibition to celebrate the brilliant Venetian artist in the year of the 500th anniversary of his birth.

Please note: the exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' is not included in the St Mark’s Square Museums and Museum Pass tickets. To access the exhibition, you need to purchase one of the special tickets listed below:

  • Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' – this only includes the visit to the exhibition, therefore access to the Doge’s Palace is limited to the rooms where the exhibition is housed. It does not grant admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace.
  • St Mark’s Square Museums + Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' – this includes the visit to the exhibition, admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace and admission to the combined itinerary of Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library.
  • Museum Pass + Exhibition 'Tintoretto 1519-1594' – this includes the visit to the exhibition, admission to the standard visiting tour of the Doge’s Palace and admission to the permanent collections of the Venice Civic Museums Foundation, with the exclusions of the Clock Tower and Palazzo Fortuny.

The voucher issued at the end of the online reservation must be printed on paper (vouchers on mobile devices are not accepted) and presented at the ticket office of the museum in order to convert it into a valid entrance ticket. The voucher is the only valid document, remember to print it and to bring it with you the day of the visit!
To collect your ticket at the ticket office of the Doge's Palace, please go to the 'Ticket Office Groups Only' desk.

Description

Located in the monumental area of St Mark’s Square, the majestic Doge's Palace in Venice has been the heart of Venice throughout its fascinating life. The history of the Doge’s Palace in Venice probably begins in the IX century - with the transfer of the Doge’s headquarters in Venice - but it is only since the XIV century that the radical transformation began which lead to its current elegant appearance.

Over the centuries, the ancient foundations have been enriched with an extraordinary array of constructive and ornamental elements that have given rise to the unmistakable structure of the Ducal Palace in Venice that we all can admire today.

Once the centre of the political and administrative life of the Venice Republic from its birth to the inexorable decline, the Palace of the Doge, Venice keeps alive the immense power and splendour of the Serenissima.

Refined rooms, majestic staircases, monumental entrances, the Bridge of Sighs prison in Venice... the Doge’s Palace Venice history is a unique treasure, the result of a clever fusion of styles and architectural elements from different periods in perfect harmony which will leave you breathless. The Venice Doge’s Palace paintings boast the signature of the greatest artists of all time, such as Tintoretto, Veronese, Titian, Tiepolo and many others.

The entrance of the Doge’s Palace is the Gate of the Wheat - located in the oldest part of the building - that leads into the inner Doge’s Palace courtyard, Venice which is connected to the Doge apartments, Venice on the first floor via the Doge’s Palace Giant Staircase – an ancient monumental entrance - decorated with two  statues of Mars and Neptune, by Sansovino that symbolizes the power and dominion of Venice over the sea and the mainland.

On top of the Doge’s Palace Giant Staircase a series of lodges open up offering visitors beautiful views of the courtyard or part of the enchanting St Mark’s Square.

On the floor of the lodges one can also admire the Hall of the Casket, the Hall of the Militia from the Sea and part of the Institutional Hall of the Doge's Palace in Venice, sumptuous and refined interiors which served as background to the political and administrative life of the Republic, developed throughout the Palace of the Doges in Venice. From the floor of the lodges, the splendid Doge’s Palace Golden Staircase leads to the upper floors via two ramps that open out on to vestibules with large windows.

On the noble floor there is the Doge’s apartment and other rooms dedicated to the administration of justice connected by a veranda - Liagò – which was intended for nobles during the breaks in the sessions of the Great Council.

The most important room of the Doge’s Palace is the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in Venice. Its considerable size makes it one of the largest in Europe, the venue for meetings of the highest judiciary of the Republic of Venice. Some of the most important Doge’s Palace, Venice pictures are kept in this room, among which is the largest canvas in the world, produced by Tintoretto on the back wall. The second flight of the Golden Staircase leads to the second floor where the visit to the Palace of the Doge’s in Venice ends with the remaining part of the Institutional Rooms.

 

The visit to the Ducal Palace offers art, history and relics from ancient Venice and also includes:

  • The Opera Museum - once the office that was in charge of maintenance and operations in the Doge's Palace - which houses documents and artefacts of its activity, in addition to the capitals that originally adorned the facade of the Doge’s Palace;
  • The Armory, which houses weapons and ammunition from various sources.It is also important to mention the famous Bridge of Sighs, Venice built in the seventeenth century to join the Doge's Palace to the New Prisons.
    The Bridge of Sighs is covered and inside divided into two corridors connected to the staircase that led from the Wells up to the Leads. The name Bridge of Sighs, draws its origins from the last sigh 'of freedom' that the prisoner breathed before reaching the New Prisons in Venice.

148 reviews for Doge's Palace

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8.5/10
10/10

Ruby

June 2018

Family with children

CANADA

Reviewed on 21 Jun `18 - Booking No. 1829789

'Pricless'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We really enjoyed the museums we went through all of them. It is well worth the extra euros to see the treasures, hard to believe that these have been around so long

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9/10

Rick

May 2018

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 18 May `18 - Booking No. 1834444

'Money well spent'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We had VIP access. We were able to just walk up at our appointment time and go in, while others were waiting in long lines.

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3
1.5/10

lab rat

April 2018

Solo traveler

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 09 May `18 - Booking No. 189127

'mr'

Ticket
Museum Pass

I thought it was a 'skip-the-queue' ticket but the queues at the Doges Palace were very bad

Strengths

great for the other museums

Weaknesses

I thought it was a 'skip-the-queue' ticket but the queues at the Doges Palace were very bad - quite annoying.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Lab Rat,

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry for the misunderstanding but nowhere in our website we present the Museum Pass as a skip-the-line pass.

As we speciefied on the website, in the Important information section, the ticket must be collected at the ticket office of the first museum you visit (allowing time for a possible queue at the ticket counter).

“Once you have the ticket, you can have access to other museums by presenting the ticket at the entrance, without having to queue again at the ticket offices. If you wish to collect the ticket at the Doge's Palace, please remember to go to the 'Ticket Office Groups Only' desk: you must respect the possible waiting times, that are usually shorter compared to the waiting times at the other desks. Anyway, we suggest you to collect your ticket in one of the other museums included in the Museum Pass since they have less visitors than the Doge's Palace and therefore the waiting times are usually reduced.”

We are sorry you did not read it!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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8.5/10

Jules

November 2017

Other

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 28 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17207908

'Doge's Palace'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Stunning Building full of history and wonderful architecture, paintings, etc. Well worth a visit but better to book on-line and take your ticket with you.

Strengths

Gorgeous building, a MUST on your visiting list to Venice.

Weaknesses

-

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1
9.5/10

Knightmare

November 2017

Mature couple

SWITZERLAND

Reviewed on 26 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17208926 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'En vaut vraiment la peine !'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Cela vaut la peine d'acheter le billet à l'avance, la visite du Palais des Doges est magnifique et cela donne l'occasion de visiter les autres sites de la place St-Marc. Il faut juste imprimer l'email et l'échanger au guichet des billets une fois sur place.

Strengths

Billet combiné et pas de queue

Weaknesses

Il faut imprimer l'email

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9/10

Rod

October 2017

Solo traveler

BRAZIL

Reviewed on 03 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17130632

'Nice'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

No lines

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9/10

Margaret

October 2017

Group of friends

IRELAND

Reviewed on 02 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17159653

'A very good experience'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

This booking was very easy to make and the experience with the museums in Venice went very smoothly.

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9.5/10

Ron

September 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 22 Oct `17 - Booking No. 17160874

'Doge's Palace'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We purchased museum tickets on-line before traveling to Venice. After validating the tickets, we were able to go straight in to the Doge's Palace, which was all we had time for on this trip. The palace is beautiful and has an interesting history. Well worth the money.

Strengths

No need to stand in line for tickets or entry.

Weaknesses

None

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10/10

Steve

September 2017

Mature couple

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 16 Oct `17 - Booking No. 17153012 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Doges Palace skip the line'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Easy to use online booking service.

Strengths

Easy to use

Weaknesses

-

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10/10

cindy

September 2017

Solo traveler

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 13 Oct `17 - Booking No. 17143646

'My Italy trip'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

easy to book and receive confirmation

Strengths

just continue to make it easy

Weaknesses

no complaints

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