The Palazzo Ducale (or Doge's Palace), was the old seat of government of Venice. This stunning Gothic building was once at the hub of a naval empire whose power and reach for a millennium belied Venice's geographical size. The building took shape between the 9th and 15th century, and the later parts are enormously impressive, with grand walls of white limestone and pink marble. The evolution of the palace over the centuries makes for an architectural tour in itself - here Renaissance classicism, here early Gothic, and everywhere sumptuous works of art.
Tintoretto, Veronese, Pietro Lombardo, Titian and a dozen more are exquisitely represented. On and on we go, through magnificent rooms and then, poignantly, we end at the Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners would take their final walk.
For more visitor information, we have a history page with images here, and a location map here.
The Palazzo Ducale is open seven days a week as follows:
We offer a range of guided tours, as well as standard-entrance tickets; the buttons below will give greater detail on the tickets and tours we offer throughout the year, but it doesn't follow that they're always available ... many are seasonal, some only run on certain days of the week, so please do use our calendar to check availability!
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