A testament to the palace's grandeur and artistry of the Renaissance architects and craftsmen. Designed by architect Antonio Rizzo in the late 15th century and serves as the main entrance to the palace's institutional chambers. The name derives from the two colossal statues of Mars and Neptune, guarding the entrance.
The Doge's Apartments are a series of lavishly decorated rooms that were private living quarters of the Doge, the ruler of the Venetian Republic. Each room has its own distinctive style. The most notable rooms are the Sala del Collegio, the Sala del Senato, the Sala della Scrutinio, and the Sala del Consiglio dei Dieci.
The Courtyard is a large open, awe-inspiring space in the center of Doge's Palace, designed in the Venetian Renaissance style. It's paved with a geometric pattern of white and pink Istrian stone, with a well in the center. It hosts several cultural events and concerts throughout the year.
The Chamber was where the Great Council of the Republic assembled. The ceiling is adorned with paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto. Known for the impressive artwork and unique layout that allowed Doge to oversee the council proceedings, the room has played a crucial role in Venice's history.
The Armoury houses a collection of weapons and armor as the Venetian Republic's military forces evolved. There's an impressive array of swords, halberds, pikes, guns, and cannons, with full armor suits and shields. The highlights include an Ottoman bow and arrow, a Turkish helmet, and armor worn by the Doge Francesco Foscari.
The prisons here are a sobering reminder of the harsh realities of justice and imprisonment in Venice's past. It is accessible by a series of narrow, winding staircases leading to a maze of cramped-up cells and passages. Venetian adventurer and writer, Giacomo Casanova was held here, who later managed to escape.
Doge’s palace tour tickets are priced at €30 and above.
Doge’s palace tours include skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and all of its interesting areas.
Doge's Palace guided tours are available in multiple languages. You can choose whatever language you are comfortable with.
It depends on the type of tickets you book. Usually the group tours have a maximum capacity of 15 guests.
Yes, a Doge's Palace tour is worth it if you're interested in history, architecture, and art.
Yes. Doge’s Palace guided tours include skip the line access.
Yes. You can cancel a booked Uffizi Gallery guided tour 24 to 48 hours before the scheduled date and get a full refund.
The Doge's Palace guided tour is between 2-3 hours long, depending on the tour you book.