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A complete guide to Doge's Palace entrance

Where is Doge's Palace located?

Address: P.za San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy. 
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Doge's Palace is right next to St. Mark's Basilica. It is situated in the heart of Venice, overlooking the Riva degli Schiavoni seafront promenade.

Nearest landmark: St. Mark’s Basilica (180 m)
Nearest airport: Venice Airport (1 hour away)

How many entrances does Doge's palace have?

The Doge's Palace primarily has one main entrance for visitors, the Porta del Frumento (Grain Gateway) facing the waterfront Riva degli Schiavoni, the most commonly used entrance for visitors. There have been additional entrances that were functional in the past like:

  • Waterfront side entrance: Facing the Venetian lagoon, historically used by the Doge and for deliveries, now used for private events and special tours.
  • Bridge of Sighs: An entrance for prisoners connecting the palace to the New Prison, not accessible to the public.

Doge's Palace entrance location & getting there

Main entrance - Porta del Frumento

Location: Facing the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront on the palace's right side, if approaching from St. Mark's Square.
Average wait time: 30-45 minutes with standard tickets, 3-5 minutes with skip-the-line tickets
Timings: 9am - 7pm; last admission 6pm
Accessibility: Yes
Who is it for? General public entrance for all visitors.

The Porta del Frumento (Grain Gateway) is the main public entrance to the Doge's Palace. Unlike its grand name suggests, it wasn't historically used for grain deliveries. Built in the 15th century, this gateway features simple Renaissance architecture, contrasting with the palace's overall Gothic style. Look out for the lion sculptures flanking the entrance, symbolizing the power of Venice.

Disabled access at Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace welcomes visitors with disabilities! You can enter through an accessible entrance with a ramp, and spacious hallways make navigating the palace a breeze. Elevators are available upon request to reach different floors, ensuring you can explore all the palace has to offer. Restrooms are also accessible, and there's even a hearing loop system in place for those who need it.

While most areas are accessible, there are a few exceptions. Due to their historic layout and architecture, the Secret Itineraries, Prisons, and Armory are not wheelchair accessible.




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Frequently asked questions about Doge's Palace entrance

Can I avoid the main entrance crowds?

Aim for off-peak hours! The palace tends to be less crowded early mornings or late afternoons on weekdays. Invest in some time-saving magic with skip-the-line tickets or a guided tour. They'll whisk you past those long queues and straight to the palace entrance.

Are Doge's Palace entrances accessible?

Yes, Doge's Palace has accessible entrances. The main entrance is via a ramp, and widened passages are available throughout the palace. Elevators work on request, providing access to all floors. Additionally, accessible restrooms are available.

What is the historical significance of the Porta della Carta?

The Porta della Carta, meaning "Paper Gate," wasn't just a pretty entrance. Built in the 15th century, it served as the official entry point for the Doge's Palace administrative offices. This gateway symbolized Venetian bureaucracy and connected the palace to the nearby state archives. Its name likely stemmed from its proximity to these scribal offices or the paper records stored within.

Are there any special architectural features to look for at the main entrance?

The Doge's Palace main entrance, Porta del Frumento, might seem simple at first glance. But look closer! Despite its name ("Grain Gateway"), it wasn't used for grain deliveries. Built in the 15th century, its clean lines contrast with the palace's Gothic style, showcasing a shift towards Renaissance architecture. Don't miss the flanking lion sculptures, symbols of Venetian power, reminding you of the grandeur that awaits inside.

Can visitors use the waterfront side entrance to enter Doge's Palace?

Generally, visitors cannot use the waterfront side entrance to enter the Doge's Palace. If you're attending a special event or exhibition at the Doge's Palace, they might use the waterfront entrance for separate access for attendees.

What security procedures are in place at the main entrance?

At the main entrance of Doge's Palace, security procedures include access control, vehicle inspections, and pedestrian entry management. Trained security personnel monitor the entrance, ensuring all visitors display valid identification. CCTV cameras and surveillance systems are also in place to maintain a secure environment.

Are there guided tours that start at the Porta della Carta?

Yes, there are guided tours that start at the Porta della Carta. The typical tour begins at this monumental 15th-century entranceway, leading visitors through the Doge's private rooms, the Loggia Foscara, and other historically significant areas. This tour requires reservations and a qualified guide, offering a unique and fascinating artistic-historical experience