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Doge's Palace, Venice

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at how Venice used to be run at Doge's Palace, which once served as the residence of the doges, the city's chief magistrates. Regarded as a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture, the palace is now a popular museum, attracting more than 1 million visitors each year. Works by such artists as Titian, Veronese, Tiepolo, and Tintoretto fill the interior. You can explore the monumental council chambers and richly decorated residential suites where major decisions affecting the city's fate were once made. Look in on the grim prison cells where the doges' political opponents were often locked away. A ticket for the nearby museums also grants access to this palace. Explore your ticket options online, and book well in advance to avoid standing in long lines. Our Venice trip itinerary planner makes visiting Doge's Palace and other Venice attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We had a private guide to take us around the Doges' Palace and was worth it. Our guide pointed out not only did they point out the most important items but the stories behind them. 
    We had a private guide to take us around the Doges' Palace and was worth it. Our guide pointed out not only did they point out the most important items but the stories behind them.  more »
  • Went here 25th April with pre booked skip the line tickets purchased by a relative for a special occasion. This proved worthwhile as that date is a Bank Holiday in Italy and Venue was very busy. Some....  more
    Went here 25th April with pre booked skip the line tickets purchased by a relative for a special occasion. This proved worthwhile as that date is a Bank Holiday in Italy and Venue was very busy. Some....  more »
  • Even though the place is amazing and packed with history, the whole experience was disappointing. The entry line was ridiculous. Inside, it was packed and we felt like cattle being pushed from room.....  more
    Even though the place is amazing and packed with history, the whole experience was disappointing. The entry line was ridiculous. Inside, it was packed and we felt like cattle being pushed from room.....  more »
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  • Amazing place but also very busy. Definitely recommend to get your tickets upfront or through the Venice pass. We were standing in line for about 15 minutes on a Thursday. Was mainly because of the safety and security measures. Was definitely worth it. The visit itself took as about one hour.
  • Pictures and videos can't even begin to capture the essence of this building. Amazing experience. It actually helped me get a better sense of how powerful Venice must have been during most of it's 1100 year history as a Republic, in the midst of empires and kingdoms ruled by hereditary aristocratic families.
  • The palace is nice but I had higher expectations. I think the 25€ price is a bit too much for what you get to see in the palace, I would have more happily paid 10-15€ for it, not more. It has a very nice view from the windows though.
  • WOW! We have been all over the world in terms particularly of seeing royal sights and buildings etc… This is the quarters of the old Venetian government and courts, it’s politicians and or royalty. It’s pretty beautiful, spectacular, ornate, and historically fascinating. You should definitely see it!
  • One of the most popular tourist attractions in the major central square of Venice, it is a historical and cultural monument that houses some of most sublime classical art in Italy, and is not to be missed. From grand chamber walls and ceilings furnished with overwhelming artistic detail in every point, to a collection of weapons and armour from the peak of the Venetian empire, complete with the less flattering parts like bureaucratic chambers and an almost menacing prison tower, if there's one location one needs to absolutely needs to visit in Venice, it's this.

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