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The Magnificent Architecture of the Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace, now a famous museum, was once the seat of power of the Venetian Republic. With its ornate Gothic facade, beautifully frescoed interiors, and gilded ceilings, it's a wonder to behold – here are five of its architectural highlights.

Filippo Calendario's Portico and Statues

Filippo Calendario, the mastermind sculptor and architect, designed the gorgeous columned arcade in the palace's facade and also sculpted many of its marvellous statues.

The Bridge of Sighs

One of Venice's most famous landmarks, this enclosed bridge was a passageway for convicts leading from the interrogation rooms inside the palace to the prisons across the canal.

Golden Staircase

Built to impress, this staircase with an opulently gilded stucco ceiling offered visitors a majestic entrance to the Doge's apartments on the upper floor.

The Doge's Apartments

Lavishly decorated with ornate ceilings and fireplaces, the Doge's apartments also hold a priceless collection of Renaissance paintings by the likes of Titian and Giovanni Bellini.

Higher Council Hall

Designed to showcase the magnificence of the Republic, this large hall is full of artistic masterpieces, including "Paradise" by Tintoretto, the largest oil painting in the world.

Doge's Palace: Our Tips

Enjoy the Benefits of a Tour

If you want to make the most of your visit to the Doge's Palace, taking one of the tours is a good idea. Not only is it the best way to discover all about the rich history that ran its course within the walls of the palace, but it also offers access to some otherwise restricted areas. Note that some of the more popular tours may require booking in advance.

Take Advantage of the Senior Discount

If you're over 65, don't keep it to yourself – make sure to say so when buying your ticket, you'll enjoy a €7 discount!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    9AM - 7PM on Sundays through Thursdays. Open until 8PM on Fridays and Saturdays
  • What is the price?
    Around €16, but prices depend on the time of year.
  • Will I need a guide?
  • How to get there
    The Doge's Palace can be found on St Mark's Square.
  • Additional tips
    • Flash photography is not permitted inside the museum.
    • Backpacks and other chunky items must be left outside with a clerk, free of charge.

What People Are Saying About Doge's Palace

Very qualified guide and recommended tour

We really enjoyed our stay in Venice and especially the guided tour that gave us a bright overview of the history of the city.
Doge's Palace & St. Mark's 3.5-Hour Tour Reviewed by un client GetYourGuide, 10/20/2016

Excellent!!! Our tour guide was fantastic!

We had a great time. She explained everything in detail and was very knowledgeable. I've been to Venice several times, but did not notice all the things our guide pointed out.

Very informative tour and our guide was charming and entertaining

So interesting to view the Doge Palace and the Basilica. Having an informed and passionate guide made the experience even better.

Interesting, informative and fun ( avoiding much of the queues )

As a first time visitor to Venice ( and hopefully not the last ) this tour proved to be a great way to avoid much but not all of the queuing and chaotic crowds around the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. The guide was interesting,informative and at times fun. Advertised as a 2 hour tour it actually was more like 3 hours but the time flew as there was so much to see and take in. The clarity of the audio system at times could have been better ( may be clearer if you used your own headphones ) but apart from that we had a great tour.

Excellent! Very informative and interesting.

The guide was great and it was definitely worth the money to skip the huge lines.

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