Doge's Palace

8.5/10

124 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) and you can choose either the cumulative ticket called 'Museums of St. Mark's Square' - 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 cumulative ticket called 'Museum Pass', which includes entries to other 11 important museums in Venice (please find further details below).

Choose your ticket

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

Ticket

Museum Pass
Ticket
Full price 25.00
Reduced 19.00

The MUSEUM PASS is VALID for 6 MONTHS starting from the day you collect the ticket at the ticket office of one of the museums included in the Museum Pass.

It includes one entrance for: Museums of St Mark's Square (Doge's Palace; combined itinerary of Correr Museum, Archeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the National Library); Ca' Rezzonico - Museum of 18th Century Art; Carlo Goldoni's House; Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo; Ca' Pesaro - International Gallery of Modern Art and the Oriental Art Museum; Natural History Museum; Glass Museum of Murano; Lace Museum in Burano.

Ticket

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

The MUSEUMS OF ST MARK'S SQUARE TICKET is VALID for 3 MONTHS starting from the day you collect the ticket at the ticket office of the Doge’s Palace or the Correr Museum.

It includes one entrance for the Doge’s Palace and for the combined itinerary of Correr Museum, Archeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the National Library. You can access to these museums ONLY purchasing the cumulative ticket.


Important information

The voucher issued at the end of the online reservation must be printed and presented at the ticket office of the museum in order to convert it into a valid entrance ticket. To collect your ticket at the ticket office of the Doge's Palace, please go to the 'Ticket Office Groups Only' desk.

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

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.

124 reviews for Doge's Palace

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8.5/10
9/10

MOSM

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 16 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17126006

'Museum's of St Marks'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We only used this ticket to visit The Doge's Palace but it was worth the pre-booing yo skip the queues. The Doge's Palace was well worth the visit.

Strengths

Skip the queue.

Weaknesses

More costly than purchasing on the day.

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6/10

Faye

July 2017

Solo traveler

NEW ZEALAND

Reviewed on 11 Aug `17 - Booking No. 1795330 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'St Marks Museums'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

The visit was amazing. The experience is something I will remember for ever.

Strengths

-

Weaknesses

I made a mistake and booked for the 26th and had to immediately book again for the 25th . It was very disappointing that the original booking was not able to be cancelled or the money refunded. We all make mistakes some time!


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Faye, 

thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you had to book the ticket twice, but, as you can see the website states: " Verify the accuracy of the information submitted: once the payment has been made, the booking cannot be modified nor cancelled."

We are sorry you did not see that important information,

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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0.5/10

Mike J

August 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 09 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17136151

'Great. Is it but DON'T USE THIS SITE'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Used venetoinside.com to save time, and money if possible, as we wanted to visit the Palazzo Ducale in high season and had heard about the huge queues. Booked online from the hotel room the day before and paid €103 for the family. Got the email which said I had to have a PRINTED copy of the voucher - the museums don't have the capability to read a booking number on a mobile device (even though the museums use a person to check this). Not having a printer in myself pocket, I went at opening time to the Palazzo and tried to talk to the desk to see what could be done. Answered with a flat 'non' and directed to an Internet cafe that didn't actually exist (according to Google). Eventual used the goodwill of the hotel to get the voucher printed, and got the tickets exchanged only to find that the face value was €87!! So, moral of the story is: get up early, join the queue (which is manageable until 9.30 or so) and oh on the door.

Strengths

None. None at all.

Weaknesses

More expensive, time consuming, and stressful than space travel, let alone just getting tickets for yourself.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Mike, 

thank you for your review. We are sorry you did not appreciate the service you bought on venetoinside.com, but, as you can see, our website states: "The voucher issued at the end of the online reservation must be printed and presented at the ticket office of the museum in order to convert it into a valid entrance ticket. [..]". 

We are sorry you did not take into account that important information.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9/10

Syed

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 07 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17108072

'It was very nice experience ! thank you'

Ticket
Museum Pass

I suggest you guys not to go doge palace to issue your ticket rather go to correr museum because there is no queue to get your tickets , just show your booking and get ticket for all palaces n museums etc we only visited doge palace and correr palace because our daughter got sick and we could not roam freely but both places were so nice , Each place need at least 5 to 6 hours so better split your visits in two days , its good idea to skip the line !

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5.5/10

Genie

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 02 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17107366

'More than needed'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Booking was easy and getting the ticket was not too bad. Better directions to the ticket collection would have been nice. Since the pass is for all four museums, its a bit much. I would have preferred to book a ticket a la carte for whichever museum was needed.

Strengths

Easy to book

Weaknesses

Unwanted museums


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Genie, 

thank you for your feedback. As reported on our website, the are two types of cumulative tickets and each typology has its own description explaining which museums are included. If someone is interested in a list of museums that does not correspond with those two previously mentioned, we also provide the possibility to buy the entry tickets separately.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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1
7/10

Fairyfrinters

July 2017

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 23 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1779666

'Museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Good value for money. Easy to exchange voucher for pass at Murano Glass Museum.

Strengths

Easy to exchange as above.

Weaknesses

Card itself became tatty easily. Pity it could not be used for Campanile.

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0/10

Paulie

July 2017

Young couple

IRELAND

Reviewed on 22 Jul `17 - Booking No. 17105593

'Disappointed'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We were unable to use our passes as we bought them in a hurry on our four hour stop in the city. The email from venetoinside indicates email on phone will be accepted and in our rush we did not open the vouchers to learn they had to be printed until we arrived at the museum. It left a bad taste in our mouth that venetoinside would not refund when had to leave the city without using them.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Paulie,

thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you could not enjoy the visit using the tickets you bought on venetoinside.com, but please notice that our website states "The voucher issued at the end of the online reservation must be printed and presented at the ticket office of the museum in order to convert it into a valid entrance ticket. [..]"

We are sorry you did not see that important information!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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10/10

hoed

June 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 28 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1772696 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Museum Pass Venice Easy Peasy !'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Very straightforward easy to use website. Picked up pass in St Marks Sq. it took two minutes. The pass is recognised all over Venice.

Strengths

Fuss free simplicity.

Weaknesses

None

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4
9/10

Chris

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 08 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1756777

'Museums of St Mark's Square'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Pre- booking tickets with venetoinside.com services was easy and saved us valuable time by avoiding queues during our brief stay in Venice.

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5
7.5/10

Tommy

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 08 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1755446

'early closing'

Ticket
Museum Pass

The pass was very useful and enabled us to avoid queues at the main museums but on the day we were in Venice the museums all closed early (15.00) to facilitate a union meeting. It would have helpful to have been made aware of this in advance so that we could have re-arranged our schedule.

Strengths

avoided queues

Weaknesses

Lacked forward warning of closures.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Tommy,

thank you for you feedback! Unfortunately we were not informed about this extraordinary union meeting and therefore were not able to notify our customers that the museums would have closed before the usual closing time. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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