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Doge's Palace Tickets in Venice: how to buy, prices and schedules

The Doge's Palace is one of the jewels of the city: I tell you how to buy tickets to visit it or how to take a guided tour.

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

8 min read

Doge's Palace Tickets in Venice: how to buy, prices and schedules

Doge's Palace from the Grand Canal | ©Stephen Colebourne

The Doge's Palace, located in St. Mark's Square, is one of the most important attractions in Venice. This 10th century Gothic-style building served as the residence and center of political power of the Republic for nearly 1,000 years.

1. The best tickets to visit the Ducal Palace

Entrance to the palace
Entrance to the palace

If you want to know the tickets and prices of the Doge's Palace, I recommend the best options: from fast-track tickets to guided tours and even passes that add access to other of the most important museums in Venice.

2. Fast-track entrance to the Doge's Palace of Venice with tourist map

St. Mark's Basilica| ©Fred Romero
St. Mark's Basilica| ©Fred Romero

If the Doge's Palace impresses on the outside, inside it takes you directly to a journey through time. Among its luxurious rooms and chambers you will walk from one place to another inside the Palace surrounded by masterpieces by Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto.

Within the walls of the infamous prison of this Palace suffered hundreds of convicts, the famous Casanova among them; whose sighs, seeing for the last time the city of Venice from the prison bridge, made the English poet Lord Byron baptize it as the 'Bridge of Sighs', which today can be crossed. With this quick entrance to the Doge's Palace you will access the interior without waiting in the long lines that form at the entrance.

What's included

  • Admission to other museums located in St. Mark's Square (Biblioteca Nazionale, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Museo Correr)
  • Tourist guide with details of the Doge's Palace, the Basilica and St. Mark's Square and up to seven different itineraries to get to know Venice
  • Detailed map with information on the city and its public transport by boat

3. Quick entrance to the Doge's Palace with guided tour

Corner of the palace with the Winged Lion Column of Venice| ©Eoghan OLionnain
Corner of the palace with the Winged Lion Column of Venice| ©Eoghan OLionnain

If you prefer to visit the Doge's Palace and soak up the incredible stories that enclose its majestic rooms and the walls of its gloomy prison, this ticket with guided tour by a professional guide is perfect and is priced at $ 63

What is included

  • Fast track entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • Professional guide
  • Guided tour of 1 hour with explanations in English

4. Fast-track entrance and guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Interior of the Doge's Palace| ©Sergey Galyonkin
Interior of the Doge's Palace| ©Sergey Galyonkin

In addition to the Doge's Palace, in St. Mark's Square stands another of the most important buildings in Venice, religious in this case, St. Mark's Basilica. Both attractions can be visited in the same morning, so hiring this guided tour with quick access to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica is really convenient.

This type of ticket gives you fast-track access to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica with included entrance to the important Pala d'Oro, the gold and silver altarpiece of Byzantine art inlaid with gems and precious stones housed in the temple. Includes private guide for a more personalized treatment and guided tour of 2 hours with explanations in English.

Why I like this option

In the same morning and without waiting in line, you will learn the interesting history behind the luxurious decorations and works of art of the Doge's Palace from the golden age of Venice and the most relevant facts about the Basilica of St. Mark, unique of its kind in Italy. You should know that St. Mark's has hundreds of gold-plated mosaics, some dating back to the 13th century, and on its black marble floors, there are Byzantine domes from the 10th century and 500 columns from the 3rd century.

Your guide will also give you information about St. Mark's Square, in the heart of Venice, which stands out for its size and extraordinary structure, blending Byzantine, European and Oriental architectural styles. If you choose this quick entrance, you can also customize it with two options:

Option 1: Includes entrance to the three museums in St. Mark's Square

This is the more advisable ticket of the two as it also includes access to visit on your own the three most important museums in St. Mark's Square: Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum and National Library.

Option 2: Includes preferential access to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace

This ticket includes fast track entry to both buildings accompanied by a guide. The price is $ 87.

5. Pass to the Doge's Palace and 3 museums in St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's on the skyline
St. Mark's on the skyline

This pass will allow you to visit the museums of St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace, on your own, saving queues with its fast access and for a long period of time, as it is valid for 3 months, with one visit per museum included, among which you will see:

Correr Museum

It is the most important museum in Venice. It is named after its founder, Teodoro Correr, who donated it to the city of Venice in 1830. Its design and first construction dates from the time when Venice was part of the Kingdom of Italy (1806-1814) ruled by Napoleon.

Monumental Halls of the Sansoviniana Bookshop

This building was constructed between 1536 and 1560 to house valuable Greek and Latin codices donated to the Republic of Venice by Cardinal Bessarione in 1468. It is now part of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, where valuable manuscripts such as Fra Mauro's Mapamundi, the 16th century Grimani Breviary and ancient books, such as those by Aldo Manuzio, are kept.

National Museum of Archaeology

It is one of the oldest public museums not only in Italy, but also in Europe, and exhibits a rich display of Greek and Roman sculptures, bronze objects and sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, coins and a collection of Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian antiquities. These collections formed what was known as the "Public Statuary" during the Renaissance, founded by Frederick Contarini in 1596 in the antechamber of the Library of San Marco.

6. Tourist Pass with access to the Doge's Palace and the 10 best museums of Venice

Ca 'Pesaro| ©kmf164
Ca 'Pesaro| ©kmf164

If you want to know much of the cultural offer of Venice, either in several days or even in one, this tourist pass of Venice is your best asset. For an economical price you can save money on individual tickets to the 10 most important museums in Venice, the Doge's Palace among them, and time in their long queues for a period of 6 months, with one visit per museum. So I highly recommend it.

What is included

  • Doge's Palace. The symbol of the power and glory enjoyed by the Republic of Venice.
  • Correr Museum. Founded to house the collection that Teodoro Correr bequeathed to Venice in 1830.
  • National Archaeological Museum. One of the oldest public museums in Italy and Europe, with a relevant collection of Greek and Roman sculptures;
  • Monumental rooms of the Marciana Library. Designed by Jacopo Sansovino, this impressive library was built and decorated between 1537 and 1560.
  • Ca 'Rezzonico. It is one of the few oldest palaces in Venice that can still be visited, and certainly the most fascinating of them all. Inside it houses the Museum of Venice of the eighteenth century and is structured on three floors filled with all kinds of objects of the nobles who lived in Ca 'Rezzonico for centuries, plus an old pharmacy and a gondola with felze (covered gondola to protect from the cold and rain). It was even the residence of Pope Clement XIII in the eighteenth century.
  • Palazzo Mocenigo Museum. Located in the majestic and ancient Palazzo Mocenigo, this museum exhibits the history of Venetian fashion through a review of the historical evolution of this city.
  • House of Carlo Goldoni. The house converted into a museum in homage to the famous playwright Carlo Goldoni.
  • Ca 'Pesaro. The International Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Oriental Art of Venice.
  • Museum of Glass. This gallery contains the largest collection of Murano glass in the world.
  • Museum of Lace. This exhibition exhibits the history of the art of lace making in Venice from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
  • Museum of Natural History. This important institution exhibits a great diversity of collections and an important library.

Vicky's Traveller Tip

Consider the tourist pass option if you feel like visiting several museums or palaces in Venice.

7. What not to miss during your visit to the Doge's Palace in Venice.

St. Mark's Basilica in the background at carnival time.
St. Mark's Basilica in the background at carnival time.

Scala d'Oro

This golden staircase will take you to the second floor of the Doge's Palace, where the ancient chambers where the doges resided, the voting rooms, the armory, the courtyards and the prison are located.

The Duke's Apartment

This chamber contains a majestic decoration and paintings by geniuses such as Veronese, Titian, Bellini and Tintoretto.

Hall of the Maggior Consiglio

It was the voting hall, where more than 1,000 people chose the fate of the city, and includes the largest canvas in the world, Tintoretto's 'Paradise'.

Prison

Its dungeons and dank wells continue to amaze visitors to the prison of the Doge's Palace in Venice, through which Casanova himself passed, who managed to escape a fateful fate on the rooftops after being imprisoned in 1756.

Bridge of Sighs

To reach the dungeons of the Doge's Palace, you will cross the same bridge that the condemned to death crossed on so many occasions as they sighed when they saw, for the last time, the city of Venice from the windows of the bridge.

Leone's Mouth

This curious mailbox was used at the time to deposit complaints of illegal activities by citizens.

8. Opening hours of the Doge's Palace

Staircase of the Doge's Palace courtyard| ©Sergey Galyonkin
Staircase of the Doge's Palace courtyard| ©Sergey Galyonkin
  • Normal opening hours: Every day from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.
  • Special opening hours: From April to October it is open until 7.00 p.m.

9. How to reach the Doge's Palace

St. Mark's Square| ©Massimo Adami
St. Mark's Square| ©Massimo Adami

You can reach the Doge's Palace, located in the central St. Mark's Square, on foot or by vaporetto:

  • Direction to San Zaccaria or San Marco
  • Lines 1, 2, 41, 42, 51, 52, N and LN

10. Other places of interest in the surrounding area

Bell Tower of St. Mark's Basilica| ©Radu Spătaru
Bell Tower of St. Mark's Basilica| ©Radu Spătaru

In the imposing St. Mark's Square there are other interesting tourist sites, museums and monuments that are well worth a visit, such as:

  • St. Mark's Basilica Campanile (at 73 m). The tall tower that you will see erected near St. Mark's Basilica is the Campanile Tower, which I recommend you to climb because it will allow you to enjoy panoramic views over Venice.
  • St. Mark's Basilica (at 81 m)
  • St. Mark's Square (at 143 m)
  • Correr Museum (at 209 m)

11. Other interesting visits in Venice

Gondolas moored on the Grand Canal| ©Aleksandar Popovski
Gondolas moored on the Grand Canal| ©Aleksandar Popovski

Have you already decided your entrance to the Doge's Palace in Venice? Then don't miss how to do some of the other main activities in the city, such as the gondola rides along the canals of Venice and how to visit from Venice the interesting nearby town of Murano. Here are my practical guides to help you organize your visit: Gondola Rides Tickets in Venice and Murano and Burano Day Trips from Venice.