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The Doge's Palace, Venice

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Once you've selected a date on the calendar we'll show you the ticket options that are available, one or more of which may be of interest to you.

The Palazzo Ducale is open seven days a week. The Palazzo is open to the public at the following times: March to October, 09.00 AM to 05.15 PM; November to February, 09.00 AM to 04.15 PM. The ticket office closes one hour before the Palazzo closing time. Closed Christmas day and New Year's Day.

[Additional Doge's Palace links]: Visitor information, Map

Exclusive Access: Doge's Palace Secret Tour (1h 45m)

This exclusive tickitaly.com English-language tour lasts about an hour and 45 minutes (starting at 1:15 PM), and offers an in-depth insight into the political history of Venice and an understanding of the incredible longevity of La Serenissima - The Most Serene Republic of Venice. Your experienced guide will not only cover the splendid chambers covered by other tours, but also give you an informative glimpse into the secret passages and chambers of the Palace.

Doge's Palace 'secret tour' tickets (1h)

The regular tour of the Doge's Palace (the Palazzo Ducale) in Venice is extraordinary enough. The building is a quite remarkable example of Gothic civic architecture. Every stone, passageway and artwork evokes the power that the Serene Republic wielded over a millennium of unparalleled imperial power.

But real aficionados will want to dig even deeper - to explore the hidden corners of the palace on the Itinerari Segreti del Palazzo Ducale (the secret tour of the Doge's Palace). All tours last approximately one hour.

All visitors have access to the Bridge of Sighs - typically, once the tour is finished, those taking part are directed towards the bridge and the 'New Prison' where they are free to look around by themselves.

Please be aware that the route taken by this tour is often a restricted one, by its very nature. There are numerous steps and small inclines, often quite steep, and many of the passages are small and tight. For these reasons the tour is not for children under the ages of six, for pregnant women or for the disabled. Children under six will not be permitted to take part on this tour.

The Doge's Hidden Treasures guided tour

This comparatively new tour sees yet more of the splendours of the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Venice on show to the public as small groups are able to explore some of the private rooms in the wing of the palace that lies adjacent to St Marks.

Please note that included in the price is the standard entrance for the Palazzo Ducale - you're free to explore there under your own steam - but that this tour IS NOT the famous 'Secret Itineraries' tour of the Palazzo - you'll find that here.

The centrepiece of this new tour - and it should be stressed that the only way to participate IS as part of a small guided tour, maximum ten people - is the newly restored Chiesetta and Antichiesetta del Doge, the Duke's Chapel and chapel antechambers. You'll start your tour at the Porta dell Carta with its marble sculptures and decoration, from where you'll ascend to the Loggiato, the terrace/balcony where the Ruler of Venice, the Most Serene Republic, would appear before his public. This is an excellent vantage point for gazing across the entire area surrounding St Marks.

Doge Palace Hidden Treasures

It's then on through a series of rooms, apartments and terraces, passing the coffers where State Treasures are stored before a steep staircase - adorned with a St Christopher by Titian - ascends to the Chiesetta and Antichiesetta, all richly decorated and frescoed in lavish style; the Chapel is also home to a sculpture of Virgin with Child and Angels by Jacopo Sansovino.

As you may have guessed from the description, the authorities do not recommend this tour to persons of reduced mobility - it is also not permitted to those under six years of age. The tour runs seven days a week, lasts roughly 75 minutes and is available in Italian at 11.00 AM, English at 11.45 AM and in French at 12.30 PM.

Please note that this is not a guaranteed availability tour ... we keep the calendar as up to date as possible but we will need to confirm your request before completing your order and will only charge your card if we can confirm availability.

Doge's Palace tickets

Please note that this ticket covers the Palazzo Ducale and all of the museums in Piazza San Marco (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Sale Monumentali della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana).

It does not include the 'Secret Itineraries' tour. The ticket is valid for three months, but may only be used once for each museum. You may visit at any time of day but please remember that the ticket office will close one hour before the Palace itself closes.

Doge's Palace tickets with exhibition

Please note that this ticket covers the Palazzo Ducale and all of the museums in Piazza San Marco (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Sale Monumentali della Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana).

It does not include the 'Secret Itineraries' tour [link]. The ticket is valid for three months, but may only be used once for each museum. You may visit at any time of day but please remember that the ticket office will close one hour before the Palace itself closes.

Venice, the Jews and Europe 1516 - 2016
19th June to 13th November 2016

On the 5th centenary of the creation of Venice's Ghetto, this exhibition examines the complex nature of Venice's relationship with the Jewish population of Europe. The exhibition examines how an prohibitive and often abusive relationship also offered a cosmopolitan shelter for refugees from Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy and the rest of Europe, and examines the flourishing and varied culture and artistic heritage of the Ghetto.

The exhibition is divided into ten thematic sections in the rooms of the Doge's apartments: Before the Ghetto, Cosmopolitan Venice, The cosmopolitan Ghetto, Synagogues, Jewish culture and the role of women, Trade between the 17th and 18th centuries, Napoleon: the opening of the gates and assimilation, The merchant of Venice, Collecting, collectors, the twentieth century

HOW YOU'LL GET YOUR TICKETS:

To reserve tickets for the Doge's Palace, just fill out the booking form, give us a preference for date (dates are in European DD/MM/YYYY format), supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you to the Palazzo and present it at the ticket desk ... they will swap it for your entry ticket. As simple as that!

You won't have to join any queues, but please note that the ticket office closes one hour before the Palace itself closes, so be there ahead of time if you plan on visiting late in the day.

Please be prepared to show some ID - It is sometimes difficult for Italian officials to understand that not all countries require their citizens to carry ID cards, if indeed they are issued in said countries at all. You will often find that nothing other than a Passport or Driving Licence (with photograph) will suffice.

4.7 stars out of 5 from 511 ratings. See all 348 reviews

5 stars
LV, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
9th Oct 2017
Fabulous place
5 stars
SF, United States
29th Sep 2017
Our guide was very well informed and personable. We enjoyed our visit very much!
5 stars
SD, Australia
24th Sep 2017
Tour guide was superb.
5 stars
HM, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
23rd Sep 2017
The guide was absolutely brilliant. She had clearly taken time to get to know the history of the doges palace, she was knowledgable, interesting and put across an enthusiasm for the subjects that even inspired us to learn more after the tour (we've purchased books that she referenced as she got us hooked on finding out more detail!). The headsets were a great idea, it was easy to follow what was being said even in crowded areas. Ticket booking online was efficient and we were pleased not to have to queue for tickets at the palace itself as well as being able to get access to the secret itinery, which was sold out at the palace itself on the day we wanted. Would definitely use tickitaly again, your tour really made our trip.
5 stars
PD, United States
19th Sep 2017
Great tour of the Palace. Lot's of interesting facts about life "back then". I'd highly recommend this tour.
5 stars
MC, United States
31st Aug 2017
Good but my husband has some hearing issues and had to be close to the guide to hear.
Doge's Palace, Venice