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The Doge's Palace, Venice

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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.
* 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).

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Exclusive Access: Venice 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.

Venice 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.

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 538 ratings. See all 363 reviews

5 stars
MP, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
18th Aug 2018
Loved it.
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 !
5 stars
SC, United States
30th Mar 2018
Phenomenal tour!! Truly a behind the scenes view!
5 stars
TB, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
8th Mar 2018
wonderful visit


A glimpse of the atmosphere you can expect if you join us on one of our exclusive 'Secret Itineraries' tours at the Palazzo Ducale, Venice. Tours offer 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, Venice