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Last updated: 21 July, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

With its rose pink-and-white brickwork shimmering on the edge of the lagoon, the Doge’s Palace seems more mirage than monument. While other states fortified their power with forbidding castles, the Venetians showed off their security with this airy, ethereal palace.

The hub of the far-reaching political power of La Serenissima since the 9th century, today it is a testament to the best of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture and painting.

Highlights include the arcaded courtyard, the frescoes by Veronese, Tiepolo and Tintoretto in the grand chambers and the collection of armour and weapons in the old Armoury. Tintoretto’s Paradiso is the largest oil painting in the world.

While you’re there

The famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’ joins the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace to a prison. Convicts will supposedly sigh at their final view of Venice before imprisonment. Legend also has it that lovers who kiss under the Bridge of Sighs on a Gondola will be granted eternal love.

Also check out the 15th-century statue of a worse-for-wear Noah propped up by a vine. It can be found on the corner of the outer facade of the palace, before the Bridge of Sighs.

Price from: £25
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

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Kingly Venice: Doge's Palace & Royal Palace

Venice

Kingly Venice: Doge's Palace & Royal Palace
Amazing guided tour inside the Venice Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale): the old residence of the Doge. The guide will escort you along the halls of power to admire the breathtaking artworks such as the Golden Staircase, the parliament, and many paintings of Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and many other amazing masterpieces. The entrance is skip-the-line and so you’ll avoid the endless queue in front of the Palace. For an exclusive experience, choose the private option: enjoy a personal guided tour.

Price: €57

Min age: 0

Rating 4.21 / 5 [56 ratings]

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Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour

Venice

Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour
Skip the lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace in Venice and uncover its highlights and secrets on a 2-hour tour. Walk right past the main entrance queues with your knowledgeable guide, and delve into the magnificent palace’s history as you explore its lavish public chambers. See prized Italian Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese, and learn about the dark deeds of the city’s former rulers and secret service. Then, wander across the world-famous Bridge of Sighs and end your tour with a visit to the New Prisons.

Price: €75

Min age: 0

Rating 4.50 / 5 [436 ratings]

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Royal Venice: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral & Royal Palace

Venice

Royal Venice: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Cathedral & Royal Palace
An amazing 2-hour guided tour in the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica to discover two symbols of Piazza San Marco. The tour starts in the imposing Doge’s Palace from where the Doge ruled the Venice Republic. Admire the Golden, staircase and the many breathtaking artworks. You’ll walk through The Bridge of Sighs to reach the prisons! Then you will enter in the breathtaking Basilica of Saint Mark, known as the Golden Basilica. Admire mosaics, the San Marco Museum and enjoy a breathtaking overview of St. Mark's Square from the Terrace. Enjoy the Audio guide with digital map to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. For an exclusive experience, choose the private option: enjoy a personal guided tour.

Price: €79

Min age: 0

Rating 4.30 / 5 [36 ratings]

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Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Fully Guided Tour

Venice

Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Fully Guided Tour
Our Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica tour is perfect for visitors with only a limited time in Venice, who want to get a true taste of the city. In just a few hours we take you to the most famous sites of the city, seeing the Rialto Bridge and venturing inside St, Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

Price: €85

Min age: 0

Rating 4.37 / 5 [812 ratings]

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Venice: Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco - Live Guided Tour

Venice

Venice: Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco - Live Guided Tour
Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace in Venice, enjoy the skip-the-line entrance and enter inside the Palace accompanied by a qualified guide. The skip-the-line ticket for a self-guided tour of the palaces around Saint Mark’s Square is also included (Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, and Monumental Rooms of Marciana National Library). After the guided tour, you can wander through the maze of alleys and get to know some hidden gems using our fingertip digital map. Use your mobile phone to find out more than 200 points of interests. • 2.5-hour Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square Museums skip-the-line tour in Venice • Admire the architectural wonders of Saint Mark’s Square on a guided walking tour • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to Doge’s Palace and see the famous Bridge of Sighs • Gain access to the palaces around St. Mark’s Square with a special museum pass • Ideal introduction to Venice for first-time visitors or those short on time

Price: €89

Min age: 0

Rating 4.27 / 5 [22 ratings]

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Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23

Venice

Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour - T23
Explore the exquisite city of Venice on a 2-hour walking tour that covers the most significant highlights of St. Mark’s Square, with entrance to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica.

Price: €95

Min age: 0

Rating 4.06 / 5 [206 ratings]

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Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour

Venice

Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour
Combined guided tour the Saint Marks Basilica and the Doge's Palace: 1. Our guide will provide you with a wealth of information regarding Saint Mark's Square and then accompany you on a detailed tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, admire the golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring. 2. During the second part of the tour your guide will accompany you to the Doge’s Palace. Once inside, you will visit the halls where the Duke (Doge) and his Council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic. You will be able to admire the paintings realized by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, amongst them, the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons.

Price: €95

Min age: 0

Rating 4.24 / 5 [89 ratings]

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Venice Skip lines at Doge's & St. Mark's with Exclusive Sky Walk

Venice

Venice Skip lines at Doge's & St. Mark's with Exclusive Sky Walk
THE GREAT POWERS OF VENICE: Unique, mysterious and intriguing, Venice is one of the most fascinating and amazing cities in the world. Explore her right from her heart with a very high quality “masterclass level” small group visit led by an Art Expert Guide, visiting the two most important and beautiful sights of Political and Religious power of Venice: the grandiose St Mark’s Basilica - the main cathedral, crowned by the Venetian-Byzantine domes – and the Doge’s palace, house of power, secrets, carnival and masterpieces. The most comprehensive immersion into the art and the history of the two most important political and religious landmarks of Venice. A must-do when in Venice, in the comfort of a small group and a highly specialized licensed history guide. Art lovers only!

Price: €99

Min age: 0

Rating 4.52 / 5 [19 ratings]

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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

Venice

Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
Take a 2-hour tour of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Cathedral, two must-visit Venice monuments. With a guide, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Venetian doges, the elected officials who ruled the city for centuries. A tour not only to see Venice, but to experience this city through its history and glorious past, still shining in its historical sites and legendary characters.

Price: €103

Min age: 0

Rating 4.25 / 5 [424 ratings]

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Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line Tour

Venice

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-line Tour
Meet the local guide and start an incredible journey through history and art to discover two of the most famous places in Venice. First, Doge's palace and second, Saint Mark's basilica. Doge's palace is a stunning building embellished by the most famous Italian artists of 1500. Masterpieces of Italian painters such as Tintoretto, Tiziano and Veronese are preserved in this place. Discover the secrets of Venice governments, visit the prisons and listen to legends around this palace. Many legends and stories populate the palace and the prisons. See how the prisoners lived and cross the Bridge of Sighs, like they used to do in the past. Continue the tour visiting Saint Mark’s basilica, a beautiful cathedral built during a thousand year that preserves an invaluable treasure made of golden mosaics, masterpieces of Venetian artisans. Finally, reach St.Mark museum and the panoramic terrace to admire the amazing view on Saint Mark's square.

Price: €125

Min age: 0

Rating 4.78 / 5 [14 ratings]

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Venice Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Semi-Private Tour, Max 6 People

Venice

Venice Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Semi-Private Tour, Max 6 People
Enjoy a comprehensive and engaging tour of Venice's two most famous sites, Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, in an intimate group of only 6 people. Savor the privileges of an intimate tour with skip-the-line access to one of the world's most famous basilicas and journey through Venice's most historical landmarks accompanied, all by a local, expert and professional guide. Highlights include the breathtaking views from the Bridge of Sighs, and the scary prisons of the Doge's Palace, its impressive Gun Room and magnificent Hall of Great Council.

Price: €149

Min age: 0

Rating 4.96 / 5 [77 ratings]

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Venice in A Day: St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride

Venice

Venice in A Day: St Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride
If you want to make sure you cover the highlights of Venice, this full day tour is your best choice. If you’re only spending a few days in Venice, covering the best attractions in a single day is a smart idea. That way, you can spend the remainder of your time in Venice sipping Prosecco by the canals. This tour includes stops at St Mark’s Basilica and Square, the Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace (including Casanova’s prison cell), a half hour gondola ride and plenty of hidden gems along the way. A lunch break is scheduled into the tour - we would never let you go hungry in Italy!

Price: $163

Min age: 0

Rating 4.42 / 5 [196 ratings]

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St Marks, Doges Palace, with Murano and Burano & Gondola Ride

Venice

St Marks, Doges Palace, with Murano and Burano & Gondola Ride
Want to explore the best of Venice with limited time on your hands? This tour combines some of the city's most Prestigeous sites in a one-day itinerary! Enjoy skip the line access into the St Marks Church, marvel the hallways of the Doges Palace and explore the city from the waterfront during your gondola ride - accompanied by one of our Gondoliers! After some leisure time for lunch our tour embarks on an adventure to explore the world renown islands of Murano and Burano. Our guide will whisk you through the islands most charming streets on your way to witness the age-old craft of Lace making and Glass Blowing. This tour is the perfect combo of Venetian History, Local Craftmanship and Sightseeing!

Price: $173

Min age: 0

Rating 4.44 / 5 [205 ratings]

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Private Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Venice

Private Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica Walking Tour
With this Exclusive Experience you will enjoy a comprehensive and engaging Tour of Venice's two most famous sites, Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, and all of it in your very own Private Group with your very own Private Guide! Savor the privileges of an intimate and personalized tour, which affords you the possibility of going at your own pace, and asking all the questions you wish! Enjoy Skip-the-line access to one of the world's most famous basilicas and to Venice's most important and historical Palazzo. Highlights include the tens of thousands square feet of Golden Mosaics adorning the interior of the Basilica, breathtaking views from Saint Mark's terrace, the Bridge of Sighs, and the scary prisons of the Doge's Palace, its impressive Gun Room and magnificent Hall of Great Council.

Price: €259

Min age: 0

Rating 4.92 / 5 [125 ratings]

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Great Venice St Mark's Square & Doge's Palace Guided Tour for Kids & Families

Venice

Great Venice St Mark's Square & Doge's Palace Guided Tour for Kids & Families
When you are in Venice with your family, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to skip all the lines as you visit the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale). You will not have to waste hours waiting in line as you will bypass the queues in the company of your top-rated and licensed kid-friendly local guide. This 2.5-hour private tour will be the perfect choice for parents and kids: your guide will entertain everyone with games, activities and fun stories tailored to your children’s age and interests. You will visit St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sights, the New Prisons, the Golden and Giants’ Staircases, the Chamber of the Great Council and much more!

Price: €289

Min age: 0

Rating 5 / 5 [10 ratings]

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Private Night Tour of Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica

Venice

Private Night Tour of Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica
This Private Night Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tour is a perfect way to visit two of the most famous sights in the city. You will begin in St Mark's square, where you will hear all about the long history of this famous piazza, as you make your way to the Doge's Palace. Your private guide will regale you with the stories of famous prisoners who were kept in the dungeons of the Palace, as you roam the opulent rooms, prisons, courts and halls of the Doge’s Palace. Then, you will make your way to St. Mark's once it has already closed its doors. That's right! With this tour, you will have exclusive After Hours access: only you, your group, and your tour guide!! Once inside the basilica, you will be mesmerised by a spectacular light show highlighting the sacred art and mosaics which adorn the golden mosaic ceilings. You will also see the Pala d'Oro altar, and descend into the crypt where St Mark himself is laid to rest. We guarantee this to be a once in a lifetime experience!

Price: €299

Min age: 0

Rating 5 / 5 [28 ratings]

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Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour

Venice

Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour
The tour will show you the most important institutional rooms of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica with its golden pala Oro and the Museum with the Horses Loggia The Doge’s Apartment, the Bridge of Sights, and the Prisons will be explored and you will admire the paintings by Titian, Giorgione and Tintoretto. The guide will also lead through the fast track entrance of St. Mark's basilica to admire its wonderful architecture and mosaics, Behind the main altar you can admire the Pala d'Oro, the only example in the world of large Gothic jewelery that has remained intact. You'll also have access to The Museum and the Horses Loggia The Museum exhibits the sumptuous works of Flemish and Medicean tapestry. The Horses are the arrival point of the entire museum itinerary, until 1977 on the loggia of the Basilica of San Marco, after restoration, were replaced by reproductions and hospitalized in the museum in 1982, for conservation needs.

Price: €350

Min age: 0

Rating 4.66 / 5 [60 ratings]

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