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Skip The Line: Doge's Palace Tickets
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  • Gain priority access to the famed Doge's Palace with your skip the line tickets and explore this iconic monument that was once the most important political building in the city.
  • Have the option to choose between a pass that gives you direct access to 10 notable city museums or just the 3 main museums in St Mark's Square that used to make up the Royal Palaces.
  • Your ticket is valid for a period of seven days from first usage so you can explore the museums at a comfortable pace and really soak in Venice's rich history and culture.
  • These tickets cannot be cancelled, refunded or rescheduled.
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Doge’s Palace: Prisons & Secret Itineraries Tour
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  • Enjoy skip the line entry to the Doge’s Palace with special access to its secret wing.
  • Explore the secrets of the palace and its grim past with tales of torture and imprisonment from your expert guide.
  • Admire the frescos and murals of masters like Veronese, Tintoretto and Hieronymous Bosch that adorn the walls of the Palace.
  • Visit Casanova’s prison cell and walk down the Bridge of Sighs trodden upon by hundreds of prisoners centuries ago.
  • You may cancel these tickets up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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Skip The Line: Doge's Palace Tickets and Guide Book
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  • Enjoy the benefits of a guidebook, available in multiple languages and containing useful and insightful information about the Doge's Palace, st. Mark's Square and it's surroundings, that you can collect from a nearby book shop to make the most of your stay in the city.
  • You will also receive a detailed map as well as information about public boat transportation so you no longer have to figure out how to commute around the floating city.
  • Bypass the long ticketing line and head directly to the security line at the Doge's Palace and spend your saved time exploring the architectural wonder that is the Palace and the many works of art that adorns it.
  • Your ticket also gives you direct skip the line access to the 3 museums in St. Mark's Square that were once the Royal Palace of the city: the Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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Skip The Line: Guided Tour of The Doge's Palace + The Royal Palaces
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  • Meet your expert guide in St. Mark's Square and take a guided tour of the gem of Venice, the Palazzo Ducale or the Doge's Palace, as it is popularly known, and marvel at the many treasures it holds, both artistic and architectural.
  • As part of your experience, you will also be given access to the Museo Correr, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, the 3 museums in St. Mark's Square, which you can explore and admire on a day of your choosing.
  • Enjoy a brief demonstration of the art of glass blowing at a location close to St Mark's Square to end your day like a true Venetian!
  • Though your guided tour is only valid for the date and time you book, you can visit the 3 musuems in St. Mark's Square on any day of your choosing.
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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Skip The Line: Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace + The Royal Palaces
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  • Explore the famed St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace easily with your skip the line tickets which will let you save time and discover the gorgeous art and architecture of both structures in the company of an insightful and entertaining guide.
  • Discover the rich and dynamic history of the city of Venice by visiting the 3 museums in St Mark's Square, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, as part of the same ticket.
  • Enjoy a complimentary demonstration of Venetian glass blowing to round off your incredible day!
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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Skip The Line: St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace & Walking Tour of Venice
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  • Saunter through the wonder that is La Serenissima with a friendly, professional guide at your side, regaling you with tales and the wonderful history of Venice.
  • Save time otherwise spent waiting in line and go directly to security checks at both St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace so you can explore them both to your heart's content, with your guide pointing out key features at both sites as well as the many works of art they both hold.
  • Receive a complimentary coupon to attend a fascinating 20 minute demonstration of glass blowing, located conveniently near St. Mark's Square so you won't have to stray too far after your tour.
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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Skip the Line Doge's Palace Entry and Guide Book with Gondola
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  • Collect your handy multilingual guidebook containing fascinating background into the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square and a detailed map with all necessary information about the public boat transportation in the city before you embark on your Venetian adventure.
  • Take advantage of your skip the line access at the Doge's Palace and spend your time exploring features like the golden staircase, the Bridge of Sighs and the many works of art that adorn the Palace.
  • Learn about Venice's unique way of life in the past and how it has evolved to suit it's present by visiting the museums in St. Mark's Square as part of your experience.
  • Explore the famed canals of the floating city during a 30 minute gondola ride from which you can admire the sights and sounds of Venice, as people have done for centuries.
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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A Brief History of the Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace has was the residence of the Doge, supreme authority of the Republic of Venice for centuries. Unlike a king, the Doge was elected through an electoral process with voting by the city’s aristocracy. From 726 to 1797, 120 Doges ruled over Venice.

The Doge’s Palace was first built in the 9th century by Doge Agnello Participazio when he moved the seat of government to Rialto. But the building was destroyed in a fire, and the current Doge’s Palace as we know it was constructed in 1340. Since then, the building has been ravaged by multiple fires and reconstructed several times, but the structure has remained the same.

Napoleon abolished the tradition of Doges in 1797, and as it passed through French, Austrian and Italian hold, the palace held political and cultural offices. Finally, in 1923 the Venetian Government established it as a museum.

Why Visit the Doge’s Palace?
  • Ranked 2nd among the Top 10 things to do in Venice by TripAdvisor, the palace is a favourite among tourists for its stunning architecture.
  • Visiting the Doge’s Palace will expose you to the history behind Venice’s economic and political strength in Europe and how this strength manifested in its buildings including the Doge’s Palace.
  • Get a chance to explore the stunning interiors of the Doge’s Palace - the Piazzetta, Giant’s Staircase, Golden Staircase, Chamber of Council and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Admire the largest oil painting in the world ‘Paradise by Tintoretto’ and other artistic masterpieces by Italian artists, exquisite statues and sculptures.
  • Check out the jail quarters where the fabled Casanova was imprisoned and the Prisons including the gruesome torture room with stories of ghostly intrigue and criminal activities

Inside The Doge's Palace

The Doge’s Palace interiors can be best described as opulent and moralistic. The paintings, sculptures and artefacts were meant as paeans of Venice’s mastery over land and sea. Yet, it was also a reminder to the Doge and aristocracy to rule with morals as their decisions are always observed by the people and gods in heavens.

Puerta della Carta – This is the ornate marble entrance gate and with iconography depicting the Statue of Justice and four virtues. It also portrays the lion of St. Marks.

Foscari Arch – The rounded arch constructed with Istrian stone and Red Verona marble was built to link the Puerta della Carta with the Giant’s Staircase to create an impressive entry.

Scala dei Giganti – The Giant’s staircase is an imposing staircase leading to the state apartments, flanked by two giant statues of Mars and Neptune signifying Venice’s power over land and water.

Scala d’Oro – The Golden Staircase in an indoor staircase leading to the Doge’s apartment and is decorated with beautiful golden stucco decorated vaults.

Sala del Maggior Consiglio – The Grand Council Chamber was built for assembling almost 2,000 nobles and has classic paintings like ‘Paradise by Tintoretto’ and portraits of all 120 Doges.

Appartamento Ducale – Each Doge had a set of rooms that he used for his private and official use. These rooms are ornately decorated and have paintings, artefacts that depict their ceremonial and official responsibilities.

Prigione Nuovo and Ponte dei Sospiri – Prigione Nuovo also known as the Bridge of Sighs was built in 1614 and connects the New Prison ( Ponte dei Sospiri ) to the Doge’s Palace. Prisoners were known to sigh and get their last glimpse of Venice over the bridge, leading to the moniker.

Around Doge’s Palace - The Doge’s Palace is conveniently located on St. Mark’s Square, the central plaza of the city; a constant hive of activity. The St. Mark’s Square has a high concentration of tourist attractions and heritage monuments, making for an excellent walking tour route. After exploring the Doge’s Palace, take a few hours to visit the nearby attractions listed below.

St. Mark’s Basilica - The Basilica di San Marco was constructed in 1092 and has served as the chapel of the Doge’s for centuries before being declared the city’s cathedral in 1807. The church is nicknamed ‘Chiesa d’Oro’ or the Church of Gold thanks to its stunning golden mosaic interiors. The exterior is equally breathtaking with five magnificent domes and detailed Baroque architecture.

Piazzetta – The Piazzetta is a smaller piazza that connects the St. Mark’s Square to the lagoon and is flanked by the Doge’s Palace to one side and the Biblioteca to the other. It has two towering columns facing the lagoon with St. Theodore statue on one and the lion of St. Mark’s on the other.

Clock Tower – The Clock tower built in the 15th century holds an ancient clock and was constructed so as to be viewed from the lagoon. The early Renaissance building also has an archway that connects the Piazza San Marco with Rialto through the main street of Merceria.

Museo Correr – The Correr Museum holds a remarkable collection of Italian art collected by Teodor Correr, who belonged to a traditional Venetian family. The museum located on St. Mark’s Square has paintings and sculptures that depict the life, culture, and history of Venice over the ages.

Should I opt for a Guided Tour or Self Guided Visit?

The Doge’s Palace is a vast network of rooms covering three floors along with the adjacent New Prisons. A guided tour will take you through these rooms in an orderly fashion, with the local expert narrating interesting lores and facts about every nook and corner of the Palace. An interesting guided tour option is the Secret Itineraries Tour that exposes you to the myths and dark side of the Doge’s Palace. Guided tours also have the benefit of combining a city walking tour, a guided visit to the nearby attractions, a gondola ride or a glass art demonstration which works out economical in the long run.

However, if you are on a tight budget, a self-guided visit is an equally exciting option. A self-guided visit gives you the freedom to explore the palace at your own pace. You don’t need to be strained by the timings of a guided tour and neither do you have to keep up with the group. However, purchasing an audio guide is highly recommended while doing a self guided visit.

Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Guided Tour - All You Need To Know

Explore the previously unseen areas of the Doge’s Palace and learn the secrets of the Republic of Venice with skip the line access. This tour is ideal for those seeking more insight into the working of the palace and the governance of the city. It is a must for history and museum enthusiasts! Here are the highlights of the tour :

  • This small group tour with an English speaking guide departs at 9 :00 AM every day and explores the secrets and treasures of the Doge’s Palace.
  • Listen to the guide regale about the secrets of the palace as you visit Casanova’s cell, Torture Chamber, Chamber of the secret chancellery, Chamber of the inquisitors and Chamber of the three head magistrates.
  • The guided tour lasts for 1.25 hours after which you can explore the rest of the palace at your own pace.
  • The tour meets you at the foot of the Ponte della Paglia and it is suggested that you gather there 15 minutes prior to departure

Visitor Tips & Hacks

  • If you are going on a guided walking tour, then avoid carrying a heavy bag. You will have to check it in the cloak room at all the places ,losing out on precious time.
  • The washrooms on the first floor have shorter queues as most people line up at the ground floor as soon as they enter.
  • Carry a water bottle during your Doge’s Palace tour as there are no public water dispensers or water fountains around the palace.
  • The Doge’s Palace cafe is a great place to grab decently priced snacks. Not only is the food great, but the view is a cherry on the cake! Located on the canal level, you can watch gondolas float by while sipping on a coffee. Note, there is no attached washroom in the cafe.
  • If you wish to rent an audio guide you will need to carry a valid photo ID with you and deposit the same during the period of usage. A driver’s license or any other ID is suggested, avoid depositing your passport.
  • It can be pretty cold in the prisons area, especially in the winter, so do not check in your coat at the cloakroom.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that will cover your shoulders and knees as you will might want to cover St. Mark’s Basilica which lies just next door the Doge’s Palace. The Basilica is a religious place and you are required to wear decent clothing.
  • If you have the Venice Museum Pass , you can skip the line at the Doge’s Palace.

FAQS

Q. Is photography allowed inside the Doge’s Palace?
A. It is forbidden to take photographs or to film within the museums.

Q. Is the cloakroom a free facility?
A. Yes, the cloakroom at Doge’s Palace is a free facility and requires you to deposit anything bulky and heavy before entering the Palace.

Q. Is smoking allowed inside the Doge’s Palace premises?
A. No. Smoking is strictly forbidden in the premises.

Q. Are there any restrictions on cellphone usage inside the Doge’s Palace?
A. While you are allowed to use cellphones in most parts, usage is prohibited near the exhibitions.