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Doges' Palace, Venice
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Take a behind-the-scenes look at how Venice used to be run at Doges' 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. Put Doges' Palace and other Venice attractions into our Venice itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Very friendly visit "backstage" of the Doge's Palace. Duration 1 h 30. Guided tour in French is a big +! Watch a lot of steps to climb since visit until the height and its cells, including those of the famous Casanova. The ticket also allows the free visit of the Palace of the Doges in full (all the parts, the prison through the famous bridge of Sighs, which connects 2 buildings), so it is good to get his ticket 1 h 30 before the start to make the classic tour before moving behind the scenes and to better understand the workings and challenges of the Palace. Allow 3 hours on-site. Remember to book in advance your cutting line ticket.
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  • A place with a great and interesting history, breathtaking architecture, definitely one of the main and most beautiful landmarks of Venice! 
  • a truly beautiful square with the Palace dominates. Worth all the seasons, I think I was lucky I had fog.
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  • Amazing and shows how rich Venice was during its peak. Like everywhere in Italy, pay attention the ceilings. There's way too much to describe but it's all beautiful. A must-see during your trip.
  • The museum and palace are filled with beautiful rooms and everything is really well laid out. Visitors are led through the Palace by arrows and the workers. You'll be led through every room if you follow the path. Paintings and rooms have info boards that give a good history of whatever you're looking at. You get to see the old Venetian prison and walk through the Bridge of Sighs towards the end. I got a small discount with my Rolling Venice/3 day actv ticket (available for travelers under 26 y/o). Waited in line to buy my ticket and I was inside within twenty minutes. PS: You'll be greeted by a spacious courtyard when you enter the palace. If you need to use the restrooms, don't wait in line on the ground floor. If you make you way upstairs to the start of the exhibit, you'll see a little-used restroom to the right.
  • The most beautiful site of government of the world in the most beautiful city in the world because it unique (based on water). Unlikely to find such great pictures together in one day and a sublime magnificence, as well as the collection of weapons and jewelry and all the other furnishings of the Serenissima .....
  • Excellent museum which should be the must when visiting Venice. This museum was the palace of Dukes of Venice. It is great inside with a lot of beautiful rooms. It shows that Venice was a major maritime superpower during Middle Ages. Prisons were a bit depressing as expected and a bit of a maze to navigate.
  • Definitely one of the attractions you have got to check out. I strongly recommend that you purchase and print your tickets in advance online and save yourself long lines. The palace is gorgeous. Some of the big halls covered with paintings and incredible ceilings are likely going to make you wonder whether one of those halls aren't larger than your entire house. Then walk inside the bridge of sighs and enter the adjacent building housing the old prison. What a contrast.