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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.

As of Spring 2015 there is another option - the 'Doge's Hidden Treasures' tour which also includes regular entry to the Palazzo Ducale - availability is very limited. Please note that this is NOT the booking page for the 'Secret Itineraries' tour - go here for that.

Simply select the ideal date for your visit by clicking on the calendar to the left.

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

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.

The Doge's Hidden Treasures guided tour

A new tour for Spring 2015 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.

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.

[Additional Doge's Palace links]: Visitor information, Doge's Palace location map, Google map


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!
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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.

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