Venice,
Palazzo Ducale.

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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

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 here, and a location map here.

The Palazzo Ducale is open seven days a week as follows:

  • 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.
  • * Usually, from May to end October, the Palazzo has late night openings on Fridays and Saturdays, until 11.00 PM (last entrance 10.00 PM).

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!

4.7 stars out of 5 from 544 ratings. See all 366 reviews

5 stars
KS, United States
21st Aug 2018
As we are handicapped travelers, the Doge's Palace staff were very gracious in facilitating the use of their elevator - otherwise we would not have been able to tour many parts that would have been inaccessible.
5 stars
MP, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
18th Aug 2018
Loved it.
5 stars
KR, Canada
13th Jun 2018
The tour itself was very interesting. Our guide, Paola definitely knew her subject and had some very interesting tidbits of information to share. The tour was just the right length - long enough to understand the subject but not so long that we were bored. Very well organized and presented. It was nice to have a small group also.
5 stars
JF, Portugal
3rd Jun 2018
I loved the visit. The guide was fantastic.
5 stars
CS, United States
1st May 2018
The Palace was amazing. We did a self tour and found the audio explanations to be more than adequate to explain what you were seeing and what specifically occurred in each room.
5 stars
VG, France
22nd Apr 2018
Our guide was very good. I would Like to come back and refound this formidable guide !