“It was good to do the tour. . . as expected, you meet as a group, you get headsets, you walk through, and the guide explains things. It was good in that there were interesting things to hear eg the use of the Venetian Mask and Napoleon destroying the Venetian Lion images etc, and the building is very beautiful. ...Leeanne M., Australia – See more reviews
What To Expect
The Palazzo Ducale 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!
Learn about the past of Venice while walking along the historic streets of this charming city!
Walk through Piazza San Marco and discover the fascinating history of the main monuments around the area, including the Basilica San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower and Clock Tower and Procuratie. Make your way to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo (Pantheon of Venice), the Great School of Charity before viewing Marco Polo’s House and the Malibran Theatre.
Then, head back to San Marco through the main shopping area, Mercerie, and move to the front of the entry line and take a guided tour through Doge’s Palace. A representation for the seat of the Venetian political power, prepare to be mesmerized in hundreds of works of art. Your guide will show you the halls of power bringing you to the European Middle Ages and the following centuries. Marvel at the intricate details of the gold staircase and of the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists. Relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, entering the Venetian prisons. Enjoy a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic Cathedrals in the world. Learn more about Byzantine art and its religious background. Take a glimpse at the gold mosaics and marble floors.
After the visit of the basilica, 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 private boat to Murano Island (generally scheduled from 2PM to 4PM) and it 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 to participate if you have other reservation scheduled on the same day.
You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark's Square under the name of Procuratie. You will discover the way of life of the Venetians, with paintings, library, coinage, sculpture. You will be entered in the secrets of Venice Empire, with description of Arsenale who produced the famous battleship Galea. You will visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria.
Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark's Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
Entrance fee to the Palazzo Ducale
Audio receiver device*
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
April to October Schedule (Summer)
Morning departure: English, German, French, Spanish daily / Italian every Saturday only (visit can be bilingual)
November to March Schedule (Winter)
German: Monday and Friday
French: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
*For groups of 10 or more people
**The optional trip to Murano Island will take another two hours.
Morning departures and afternoon departures will meet at the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square.
We recommend you wear comfortable shoes.
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.
For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside Doge's Palace.
This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
The tour does not operate during religious holidays and in cases of exceptional high tide and bad weather.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
1 hour and 15 minutes
3 hours and 30 minutes
1 hour and 45 minutes