From April 1st to October 31st – 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM (Last Admission 6:00 PM) .
From November 1st to March 31st – 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Last Admission 4:30 PM) .
The Doge’s Palace remains closed on January 1st and December 25th
The Doge’s Palace opens at 8:30 AM every day and this happens to be the best time to visit with fewer tourist crowds. The morning light is also suitable to take photographs of the exterior of the palace. As the day goes by, it gets increasingly crowded; increasing the queues and crowding the experience. If you can’t make it in the morning hours, you can attempt visiting the Doge’s Palace an hour or two before closing time. Very few people push their plans to the ending hours, hence if you plan it right, you can escape the crowds and leisurely stroll through for an hour.
Venice is a city of canals, bridges and cobblestone roads, making the waterways and walking your best modes of getting around. Here is how you can reach the Doge’s Palace –
By Public Vaporetto – All major stops including Piazzale Roma, Santa Lucia Railway Station and Lido di Venezia are connected to the lines 1, 2 or 4.1/5.1
Take the Line 1 and get down at Vallaresso or San Zaccaria Stop, Take Line 2 and get down at Giardinetti Stop and Line 5.1 and 4.1 to San Zaccaria Stop.
By Private Water taxi – All private water taxi’s can stop at Ferry Terminal San Marco and the Doge’s Palace is a short walk of 250m.
By Foot – The Doge’s Palace is just about 100 m from St. Mark’s Square. The entrance is on Riva Degli Schiavoni through the Porta del Frumento.
Reduced Mobility – The interiors of the Doge’s Palace and the toilets are fully wheelchair accessible. However the Secret itinerary tour, Prisons and Armoury rooms are not wheelchair accessible due to narrow stairways.
Luggage – The Doge’s Palace has a cloakroom where you can keep your bulky luggage ( rucksacks, suitcases ) . Smaller handbags will be subject to security check after which you will have to carry them around.
There are toilets (including wheelchair accessible ones) on the right side of the Doge’s Palace entrance and the first floor as well. There is a Museum Cafe on the same floor with a limited variety of refreshments as well as a bookshop. At the end is the lift which is wheelchair accessible.