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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  • Tintoretto overload. Well organised and signed route through the palace - although the signs at the queues out front need improvement. We couldn't see the small signs to join the middle queue as we al...  more »
  • We came here as part of a longer tour and although we were getting tired from the exertions of a full-on, day-long series we could not fail to be inspired by the enthusiasm of our guide. This part of ...  more »
  • A place that leaves you speechless! It's like one of those movies of ancient Venice. It's huge and it takes a while to visit, then rabbit to go there early in the morning and see him calmly, preferably with an audioguide. We had booked our tickets before so we cut the line (I recommend!). There is a path leading in boardrooms before and in the Armory and prisons then, also going to the bridge of sighs! I will definitely visit this time also the secret passages and gli alloggi del duca, who had a ticket.
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  • An absolutely stunning place. It is surprising what is inside once you get through the gateway. The courtyard somehow seems bigger than the outside. And the rooms are vast. The whole palace has been kept in fantastic original condition.the route round does entail quite a few stairs so put on your best walking shoes. It is worth the effort though. We went later in the day the queues seem to form early morning but they disappear later on.
  • Most of the rooms in the palace feature wonderfully decorated ceilings, almost inviting to lie down on one's back and take a picture. Which is what me and my son did in the biggest room, the grand council chamber. Floor feels nice and cool during warm weather. Bridge of Sighs was interesting and a little creepy. Funny to see the tourists snappung away at you from the next bridge. Wave back :) All in all a very good visit. Glad we bought tickets beforehand, allowing us to skip the queue.
  • This place is incredible. So do yourself a favor and hire a tour guide to walk you through. There is so much interesting history that you wouldn’t know about walking through on your own. There were many signs or plaques explaining what you were seeing. But even if you can’t swing the guide, this place is still so worth it because it’s stunningly gorgeous! Every single room is dripping in beauty. Every wall and ceiling is covered in murals or beautiful wood carvings painted gold. Even the staircases and hallways or breathtaking. Bring your camera/phone, because you’re allowed to take pictures everywhere! We arrived around 9:30a on a Thursday in Mid July and the line To get in stretched the length of the long building. But we’d seen it twice as long around noon the day before. Definitely go early! And plan on taking about an hour and a half to walk through.
  • So much to see...really an amazing experience. With camera in hand, our tween even enjoyed herself (kind of). The audio tour was good....not overly verbose as some others. We had fast entry tickets, but didn't really need them at 9:15AM - quiet and not crowded at that hour.
  • I highly recommend you go check out Doge’s Palace when in Venice! We purchased our tickets online so we didn’t have to wait in the massive line to get them. There is lots of history to take in when wandering the palace with lots of great photos to be taken. It probably took us 2 hours to go through the palace and prison. At the end of the visit you exit through a little cafeteria, which is rather pleasant and has reasonable pricing!
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