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Doge's Palace Skip the Line Tickets and Guided Tour

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Explore the Doge's Palace and take advantage of the priority access to the most visited attraction in Venice. Hear all about the history and function of the palace from an expert local guide and relive the Middle Ages of Venice as you stroll through the lavishly decorated rooms, golden staircases and walk on the Bridge of Sights to the infamous prison.

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to the Doge's Palace and save time
  • 1 hour guided tour with an expert guide
  • Walk on the Bridge of Sights and see the medieval prison
  • Learn who the doges were and what their role was in the history of Venice

Description

The Doge's Palace represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In these splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year old republic. You'll live it together with a guide who will show you the halls of power, plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries.

You'll be surprised with the rich details of the gold staircase and the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building. You will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. An unforgettable tour not to be missed!

After the visit, a free coupon for a visit to a Murano glass factory will be given. Get to discover one of the Venetian greatest arts. Please note this is a free of charge optional trip by a private boat to Murano Island (generally scheduled from 2PM to 4PM) and it is not a part of the tour. Be aware that this optional visit could take longer than the scheduled time and that it is not recommend to participate if you have other reservation scheduled on the same day.

Entrance ticket to the Doge's Palace is valid to visit by yourself the palaces around St. Mark's Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana).

Available Languages

April to October Schedule (Summer)

  • Morning departure: English, German, French, Spanish daily / Italian every Saturday only (visit can be bilingual)

  • Afternoon departure is in English only

November to March Schedule (Winter)

  • English: daily

  • German: Monday and Friday

  • French: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday (the visit can be bilingual)

Includes

  • Optional Glass Blowing Demonstration (if selected)

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide
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Doge's Palace Skip the Line Tickets and Guided Tour

Duration: 1:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Optional Glass Blowing Demonstration (if selected) / Admission / English-speaking guide
Add-ons:
  • FREE Glass Blowing Demonstration (20 Minutes) +

    At the end of the tour, enjoy on your own a visit to an old Glass Factory Showroom near Saint Mark's Square. Learn about the ancient art of glassblowing and witness a glass craftsman master at work.

Our tour was great, the tour guide was a very detailed person. We leant a lot .... a very educational tour.

stella

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Schedule

  • 10:30

    Check in at St. Mark's Area

  • 10:45

    Doge's Palace

    Enter the Doge's Palace and admire this masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Explore the splendid rooms which are plastered and immersed in hundreds of paintings. This historic building is the former residence of the "Doge of Venice" who ruled the former Republic of Venice.

  • Informative Tour

    The Palazzo Ducale represents centuries of Venetian political power. Journey back in time with your guide who will show you the halls of power, taking you to a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the following centuries.

  • St. Mark's Square Area

    With the same ticket you can visit the following museums on your own: Mueo Correr, Archeological Museum and the monumental rooms of Marciana National Library.

  • 11:45

    Tour Ends at St. Mark's Area

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • For security reasons, sacks, bags, or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doge's Palace.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Guests with a limited range of movement are not permitted to participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

Additional Note(s)
  • Your admission ticket also gives you access to the following palaces around St. Mark’s Square that you may visit by yourself: Museo Correr, Venice National Archaeological Museum, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana.

  • Please note the schedules of the following guided tours in other languages: - English (Daily) - German (Monday and Friday) - French (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) - Spanish (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday)

  • The optional tour of a glass factory with glass craftsman demonstration is not a part of the tour. Be kindly aware that this optional visit could take longer than the scheduled time and that it is not recommend if you have other reservation scheduled on the same day.

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Reviews

Our tour was great, the tour guide was a very detailed person. We leant a lot .... a very educational tour.

stella

We reached the meeting location before time and all arrangements were good. We were given radio sets with ear phone and the tour s...tarted on time. The group was around 25 people and our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The guide told the right amount of information to help us understand the historical context of the buildings, content and architecture, whilst providing an insight into the type of people who lived there. The tour was well organized with reference to time and we enjoyed the most. We would definitely recommend this tour for any one visiting Venice. more

Samar

Good nice tour a lot of info but tooooo much walking

Johanna

When booking on line we chose 1400 for our tour. When we arrived the guy there to meet a group visiting a different museum informe...d us that the Doges palace tour only took place in the mornings before 1st April. He couldn't understand why we had been given a afternoon slot. However he did say for us to return the next morning which luckily we were still in Venice and we're able to attend. Having said all this we enjoyed our tour given by an enthusiastic and interesting guy. We were pleased that the tour included the Bridge of Sighs and prisons. more

June - Rugby

The tour was fine, but boot it in good time on the offiial homepage. Took only this one because it was the only available

Mikkke

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  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 10:45:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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