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Why Go On a Guided Tour of Doge Palace, Venice?

Guided Tours vs Non-Guided Tours

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Guided Tours

  • The majority of Doge's Palace tour tickets come with a skip-the-line option. 
  • Guided tours offer a more detailed and nuanced understanding of the palace's significance and the stories behind its art and architecture. 
  • The itinerary is predetermined in a time-efficient manner so it includes all the must-see artifacts and exciting areas of the palace.
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What to Expect on a Doge’s Palace Tour

A guided tour of Doge's Palace offers a more immersive and informative experience enriched with lesser-known stories and forgotten secrets. Your tour starts with an introduction to the palace and its history. Explore the main areas: The Doge's apartments, the institutional chambers, the prisons, the armory, and the courtyards. The tour may also include access to some of the palace's hidden areas, such as the secret passages and the attic. Your guide will lead the group offering insightful anecdotes throughout the tour.

The duration depends on the itinerary and group size. After the tour, you can continue to explore the palace on your own or visit some other nearby attractions

Things to See in Doge’s Palace, Venice

The Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase

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

The Doge's Apartments

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

The Courtyard

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 Council Chamber

The Council Chamber

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.

Armoury in doge palace

The Armoury

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 Palace Prisons

The Palace Prisons

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. 

Visitor Tips

  • Book guided tours of Doge's Palace in Venice well in advance to secure your spot.
  • Arrive early to explore the exterior before the tour starts.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for the walking involved during the tour.
  • Dress respectfully, covering shoulders and knees, as it's a historical site.
  • Follow the guide's instructions and listen attentively for information.
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions to enhance your understanding.
  • Take photos, but be considerate of others and follow photography rules.
  • Respect the rules of the palace regarding artifacts and movement.
  • Enjoy the view from the Bridge of Sighs and capture memorable photos.
  • Explore the palace further at your own pace, utilizing audio guides or guidebooks.

Frequently Asked Questions About Doge’s Palace Tour

Q. How much does a Doge's Palace tour cost?

Doge’s palace tour tickets are priced at  €30 and above.

Q. What is included in the Doge's Palace Tours?

Doge’s palace tours include skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and all of its interesting areas.

Q. In what languages are the Doge's Palace guided tours available?

Doge's Palace guided tours are available in multiple languages. You can choose whatever language you are comfortable with.

Q. How many people can go on a Doge's Palace tour?

It depends on the type of tickets you book. Usually the group tours have a maximum capacity of 15 guests.

Q. Is a Doge's Palace tour worth it?

Yes, a Doge's Palace tour is worth it if you're interested in history, architecture, and art.

Q. Do the Doge's Palace tours include skip the line access?

Yes. Doge’s Palace guided tours include skip the line access.

Q. Can I cancel a booked Doge's Palace tour?

Yes. You can cancel a booked Uffizi Gallery guided tour 24 to 48 hours before the scheduled date and get a full refund.

Q. How long is the Doge's Palace tour?

The Doge's Palace guided tour is between 2-3 hours long, depending on the tour you book.