The Ultimate Guide to Buying Doge’s Palace Tickets

Timings

9 am to 6 pm daily

Highlights

Staircases

Location

P.za San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE

Duration

2 to 3 hours

Best time

9 am or 4 pm

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Price

From €30

Top Tickets to Doge’s Palace

Doge’s Palace Skip-the-Line Tickets 

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€30

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1 Day

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VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour

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95

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2.5 hrs.

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Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs & Prisons Guided Tour

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51

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1.5 – 2 Hrs.

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Doge’s Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Prisons

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56

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1 Hr.

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Palace & Basilica Before Hours Guided Tour

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€95

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2.5 Hrs.

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Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

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€97

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3 Hrs.

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Palace & Basilica with Pre-reserved Entry Tickets

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€97

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3 Hrs.

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Venice City Pass  

From

53

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1 – 7 Days.

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Ticket Booking Information 

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How to Buy Tickets

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Which Doge’s Palcace Ticket is best for you?

Doge's Palace Skip the line tickets

Most Affordable & Convenient Ticket

Recommended Ticket:

Doge’s Palace Skip-the-Line Tickets

Ticket Price: €30

This is the standard entrance ticket for visiting the magnificent Doge’s Palace.

You will enjoy skip-the-line access with this ticket for fast-track entry

It also provides access to Museo Correr, the National Archeological Museum, and the Marciana Library on St. Mark’s Square for a comprehensive visit.

With this value-for-money ticket, you can explore Venice’s cultural heritage at your own pace anytime between 9 am and 5 pm.

Doge Palace Guided tour

For History & Art Enthusiasts

Recommended Ticket:

Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs & Prisons Guided Tour 

Ticket Price: €57

This guided tour of Venice’s Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and Prisons stands out as the most convenient and affordable option for art and history enthusiasts seeking an in-depth exploration.

The skip-the-line feature ensures quick access to the palace’s extraordinary rooms, led by an expert guide.

With flexible booking options, including free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance and the convenience of reserve-now-pay-later, you will enjoy a hassle-free experience.

Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries

For a Unique & Offbeat Experience

Recommended Ticket:

VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour

Ticket Price: €95

Welcome to the most popular Doge’s Palace tour ticket! With this exclusive VIP tour you will unlock the hidden secrets of Venice’s Doge’s Palace.

It allows exclusive behind-the-scenes access to areas most visitors never see, including secret archives, torture chambers, and attic prison cells, guided by an expert.

Walk through the legendary Bridge of Sighs, visit Casanova’s prison cell, and more!

Know about Doges Palace

The Doge’s Palace, known as the Palazzo Ducale in Italian, is a magnificent Gothic palace in Venice, Italy.

Constructed in 1340 and expanded over the centuries, the palace became a museum in 1923 and is one of the city’s main landmarks.

It was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice. 

There are many things to see inside Doge’s Palace.

Visitors can tour the palace independently or take guided tours, including the “secret itinerary” tour, which provides access to restricted areas.

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Plan Your Visit

Opening Hours

The Doge’s Palace in Venice is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm, with the last admission at 6 pm.

The closing hours are extended on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 May to 30 September, when the palace is open from 9 am to 11 pm.

The timings of Doge’s Palace vary by season. 

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Getting There

The Doge’s Palace is located in Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice, Italy, opposite St Mark’s Basilica, in the city’s most vibrant area.

The easiest way to the Doge’s Palace in Venice is on foot or by a vaporetto (the local water bus), to reach Doge’s Palace.

Many vaporetto lines halt at the San Marco or San Zaccaria stop, allowing you to easily access the palace from any part of Venice.The palace is 200 to 300 m away from both the vaporetto stops.

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Dress Code

While there is no strict dress code for visiting the Doge’s Palace in Venice, it is advisable to dress comfortably and respectfully when visiting this historic landmark. 

Many visitors combine their trip to the Doge’s Palace with St. Mark’s Basilica, where modest, non-revealing attire is required due to its religious significance. 

Venice features numerous churches and landmarks that expect visitors to dress modestly and respectfully.

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Rules

Visiting the Doge’s Palace in Venice requires adherence to certain rules and regulations to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience for all visitors. 

Here are the key guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Photography is not allowed in most rooms, and flash photography is strictly prohibited.
  • While the Doge’s Palace is fully wheelchair accessible, the Secret Itineraries Tour, New Prisons, and Armory Room are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Large suitcases, trolleys, and bulky luggage exceeding 1 linear meter are prohibited in museum areas, and visitors must store them elsewhere. 

Smaller bulky bags, backpacks, and items deemed unsuitable by security must be left in the cloakroom, which is complimentary.

Restaurants

The Museum Café, Ducale Caffe, inside the Doge’s Palace, offers a delightful selection of refreshments within the palace walls.

This cafe’s menu celebrates Venetian cuisine with a selection of hot and cold dishes alongside international salads and artist-inspired snacks.

However, we’ve curated a list of the finest restaurants around St. Mark’s Square for a real Venetian treat. 

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  • The palace offers extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 11 pm from May to September. Late evenings provide a quieter experience as absence of large crowds allows for a more personal interaction with guides. The lighting at night enhances the palace’s ethereal beauty. 
  • We recommend you take the Secret Itineraries Tour, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the secret history of the palace. It includes stories about Casanova and hidden parts of the building like the torture chamber and prison cells. The tour features an entertaining guide and access to areas not seen on the general tour.
  • Plan to arrive early to avoid the worst of the crowds. The palace gets very busy, and visiting early allows you to enjoy the artwork and architecture with fewer people around.
  • The palace is not air-conditioned. If you visit during warmer months, go in the morning to avoid the midday heat.
  • The Doge’s Palace has numerous steps and no elevator due to the historical nature of the building. Be prepared for a lot of walking and stair climbing. Wear comfortable shoes and consider this if you have mobility issues.
  • The prison tour, especially the lower levels, is a sobering and intriguing part of the visit. Without the noise of other tourists, it offers a reflective and immersive experience. Make sure to allocate enough time for this portion of the tour.
  • Use applications like Babbel to learn the basics of Italian and make your vacation to Italy even more enjoyable.
  • Remember, photography is not allowed inside the palace in most places. 
  • You can visit the inside of the Bridge of Sighs only with a Doge’s Palace tour ticket.
  • It is best to dress modestly, as you may want to cross over and visit St. Mark’s Basilica, a religious place that requires respectful attire.
  • For a self-guided exploration, consider purchasing an audio guide available in various languages, costing five euros.

Highlights

Staircases and Courtyard

The Doge’s Palace boasts a grand courtyard, the center of activity. Staircases like the Giants’ Staircase, with its statues, symbolize power, while the Golden Staircase symbolizes Italian wealth and opulence.

Chamber of the Great Council

The Chamber of the Great Council in the Doge’s Palace is a vast room measuring 53 meters long and 25 meters wide. It was where the Great Council met to discuss laws, elect officials, and make important decisions.

The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs is an enclosed limestone bridge connecting the Doge’s Palace to the prisons. Built in 1614 by Antonio Contino, it symbolizes the convicts’ last view of Venice before imprisonment, evoking sighs of resignation and despair.

Doge’s Palace Prison

The Doge’s Palace in Venice also housed the prison cells. The attic prison’s (Piombi) lead roofs made it extremely hot in summer and cold in winter. The squalid conditions in the prisons under the Doge’s chambers caused death and disease resulting in the New Prison.

Doge’s Palace Armory

It houses a fascinating collection of weapons and armor, including medieval and Renaissance artifacts. This collection includes authentic armor from historical figures like the French king Henry IV and artifacts captured at famous battles like the Battle of Lepanto in 1571

Doge’s Palace Paintings

The Doge’s Palace houses exquisite paintings by renowned artists like Titian and Veronese, showcasing Venetian artistry and history. These masterpieces adorn the palace’s grand halls, offering visitors a glimpse into Venice’s rich cultural heritage.

What Our Customers Say

Glad that I booked the entry tickets online

I took the self-guided tour. It is well worth the expense. Everything worked out perfectly. I just showed my phone to the ticket attendant and walked right in. No problems. Did not see a location to buy tickets. Glad I bought them online.

Donald
UK

An interesting tour

This secret itinerary tour was very good. Good to see the “behind the scenes” of the palace. Our guide was well informed and happy to tell and show. Always a bonus. It also takes you a bit separate from the mass tourism. Wish I could combine this tour with something similar at St Mark. Even if it was just “skip the line”

Randy_V
San Francisco

Well Informative Tour

It is definitely worth booking the Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Basilica Skip-the-Line tour, especially to avoid the long queues. This is not a ‘tour’ of Venice, as the title suggests, but a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Overall, it is very informative and the two hours are the ideal length.

Janice
Switzerland

FAQs

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3. Do I need to print my online tickets?

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5. Does the Doge’s Palace offer discounts for any groups?

6. Can I reschedule my Doge’s Palace ticket?

7. What is Doge’s Palace ticket cancellation and refund policy?

8. Are there combination tickets available for the Doge’s Palace?

9. What is the Doge’s Palace’s policy on luggage and backpacks?

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