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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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  • This palace is amazing, we hired a tour guide, after entering who was amazing, and explained all the rooms to us and the artwork. and history of the Dodge's. Would highly recommend a visit here  more »
  • It's is beautiful. Very rich culture and a lot of histories details i' m hardly to find myself to remember all. Tour persons is a teacher who teaches History too. She is so good and polite. I'm very.....  more »
  • Now this review must be taken with a grain of salt. My wife and I arrived in Venice in the very beginning of March 2020. Right before the shut down. We decided to see if the palace was still open...  more »
  • The Doge's palace is probably the must visit tour in Venice. Especially if you are a fan of medieval / renaissance weapons you should find the armory very interesting, as almost of the armors and weaponry are extremely well-preserved. However I still feel like the high price is not entirely justified (paid 20 euros to enter) and the queue to enter may be quite long, so consider booking online.
  • Absolutely incredible! I'm not much into the touristy museums but THIS PLACE WAS DEFINITELY WORTH IT! Was so amazing to get a feel for and experience how the leaders of Venice governed from here over 500 years ago! Incredible! The architecture, art, and even prison are so cool!
  • Absolutely amazing architecture. It's a huge museum. We spent around 3hrs I guess but it was really worth it. The paintings put up on the wall feel so alive, art work on the ceiling is to die for. Prisons and artillery are interesting. Lot of story for history lovers and people like me;)
  • You can't come to Venice without visiting the Palace. Little I can say that hasn't been said already other than the huge interior rooms really took me be surprise, breathtaking. Nice little armoury too. Book in advance to avoid queues however in November you could probably get away without.
  • Founded in 1340, the Doge’s Palace was the former residence of the Doge of Venice who governed over the former republic of Venice. I found the tour of some of the holding cells or prisons on the lower levels interesting. One of the most famous prisoners was Giacomo Casanova who describes his escape in his biography.

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