The Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace.

An absolute 'must-see' in Venice.

Queues can be long, and the 'Secret Itineraries' tour is regularly sold-out months in advance.
“The tour itself was very interesting. Our guide, Paola definitely knew her subject and had some very interesting tidbits of information to share.
Very well organized and presented. It was nice to have a small group also”.
KR, Canada.
“Phenomenal tour!! Truly a behind the scenes view!”. SC, United States

“Fantastic tour. Our guide was brilliant and the tour exceeded expectations. Thank you!” HL, Great Britain

Palazzo Ducale.

Fast-track, official tickets & tours.


The Doge's Palace, Venice

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:

  • April to October, 08.30 AM to 09.00 PM (11.00 PM on Friday and Saturday).
  • November to February, 08.30 AM to 07.00 PM.
  • The ticket office closes one hour before the Palazzo closing time. Closed Christmas day and New Year's Day.

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!

4.6 stars out of 5 from 562 ratings. See all 378 reviews

5 stars
OP, United States
11th Sep 2019
Great experience with an excellent guide. Highly recommend.
5 stars
MM, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
5th May 2019
It would have been far easier to find the entrance if it simply said "USE WATERFRONT ENTRANCE" for Doges Palace. So simple.
5 stars
IC, South Africa
12th Apr 2019
Our guide was delightful Thank you
5 stars
CA, United Kingdom
24th Mar 2019
If we didn't need to print out the voucher, that would remove another stage of getting tickets... A lot of services do not need paper, trains, payments and other tickets including theatres.
5 stars
JF, United States
18th Mar 2019
I can't remember our tour guide's name, but SHE WAS OUTSTANDING!!!!
5 stars
AM, Australia
4th Feb 2019
Wonderful tour with a really knowledgeable guide. Great to avoid the long queues & see the rest of the Doge’s Palace after the tour!