Also known as Palazzo Ducale in Italy, It is built in Venetian Gothic style and considered as the main landmarks of Venice city. Palazzo was once the residence of Doge of Venice.
You can reach Doge’s Palace via public transport which includes Vaporetti and water taxi.
Best time to visit in Doges Palace
Doge’s Palace is very crowded mostly in summers because of a high number of visitors from all around the world.
In summers best time to visit Doge’s Palace is in the morning or in the evening just before it shut down.
If you don’t want to fight with the crowd and want to run at your own pace then come to Doge’s Palace during offseason or in winters.
Address: Piazzetta San Marco, Venice
Timings for Doges Palace
8:30 AM – 7:00 PM from April to October
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM from November to March
Tickets and Access
You have to purchase a ticket for accessing Doge’s Palace.
We advice you to book online tickets and skip the long standing queues especially during summers.
Three types of tickets are available:
Full Ticket or Regular Ticket – 18 and above years of age for Non-European citizens, 25 and above years of age for European Citizens.
Half Ticket or Reduced Ticket – It is for children who lies between 6 to 14 years and students between 15 to 25 years.
Free Tickets – Free for local citizens, people with disabilities and member of ICOM.
Tours for Doge’s Palace
Guided Tour: With the help of expert guide you will get to know everything about this beautiful Palace and city history. You can book Guided Tour from online websites and free yourself from finding tour guide from nearby places.
Audio Tour: Audio tour is available in multiple languages including English, Italian, French, German and Spanish. Tour will last for 90 minutes.
Tour for Doge’s Palace also includes skip the line tickets which help you to enter straight into the Palace.
Things to do in Doge’s Palace
Sala del Maggior Consiglio
It is constructed between 1340 and 1355, here local citizens came to vote for electing government representative. This grand council chamber was the seat of the lower house of parliament and that time this hall had the capacity to accommodate 1800 Venetian Citizens for voting.
Many paintings and artworks by legendary artist like Titian, Pisanello, Giovanni Bellini and Carpaccio were destroyed by fire in 1577. After that paintings in the new room were done by Tintoretto, Veronese, Jacopo Palma and Francesco Bassano.
Scala d’Oro was constructed by Sansovino and it was named due to rich gold decoration. The Golden Giants Staircase leads from loggia to the second floor and from second floor to the third floor where you find office and reception. During Republic days, only doge’s gues and staff council members were allowed to access them.
Sala del Collegio and Sala del Senato
It was the Senate hall where Senate members took part in conferences and meeting on Doge order. Until 16th century it was the body which mainly focused on political overview and financial affairs in areas such as trade, manufacturing industries and foreign policy.
Here art work done by Tintoretto, Christ is clearly seen as the predominant figure and a reference to the Senate ‘conclave’ which elected the Doge is seen as being under Son of God protection. The room has four paintings which are referring to events of the Venetian history.
Doge’s Palace Apartments
Doge’s apartments are on the second floor and each doge has furnished his apartment himself. These apartments are famous for art and decors.
Due to heavy damage from the fire in 1483, reconstruction and maintenance of these apartments were done in 1510 .
In the private rooms during retiring stage, the Doge could set aside the trappings of office and dine with his family members amidst furnishings which he had brought from his home (and which would be promptly stayed in room until the new doge is elected).