The Doge's Palace, located in St. Mark's Square, is one of the most important landmarks in Venice. This 10th-century Gothic-style building served as the residence and center of the political power of the Republic for nearly 1,000 years.
1. The best tickets to visit the Ducal Palace
If you are looking for tickets and prices of the Doge's Palace, let me recommend you the best options: from skip-the-line tickets to guided tours and even passes that include access to some of the most important museums in Venice.
2. Skip the line entrance to the Doge's Palace in Venice with tourist map
If the Doge's Palace is impressive on the outside, discovering its inside takes you on 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.
Hundreds of convicts suffered within the walls of the infamous prison of this Palace, the famous Casanova among them. It is said that his sighs, upon 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 skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace you will access the interior without waiting in the long lines at the entrance.
What is included
- Entrance 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 discover Venice.
- Detailed map with information on the city and its public transport by boat
3. Skip the line entrance to the Ducal Palace with guided tour
If you prefer to visit the Doge's Palace while learning 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 $ 72.
What is included
- Quick access to the Doge's Palace
- Professional Guide
- Guided tour of 1 hour with explanations in English
4. Skip the line entrance and guided visit to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
In addition to the Doge's Palace, in St. Mark's Square stands another of the most important buildings in Venice, St. Mark's Basilica. Both landmarks can be visited in the same morning, so booking this guided tour with no-queue access to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica is really convenient.
This type of ticket gives you quick access to the Ducal Palace and Basilica of St. Mark with included entrance to the important Golden Shovel, the gold and silver altarpiece of Byzantine art inlaid with gems and precious stones that houses the temple. Includes private guide for a more personalized treatment and 2-hour guided tour 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 this temple 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 the 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 no-queue entrance, you will also be able to customize it with two options:
Option 1: Includes entrance to the three museums in St. Mark's Square
This is the most recommended ticket of the two as it also includes access to visit on your own the three most important museums in St. Mark's Square: Museo Correr, National Archaeological Museum, and National Library.
Option 2: Includes preferential access to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
This ticket includes skip-the-line entry to both buildings accompanied by a guide. The price is $ 100.
5. Visit the Doge's Palace and 3 museums in St. Mark's Square
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 quick 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:
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 date from the time when Venice was part of the Kingdom of Italy (1806-1814) ruled by Napoleon.
Monumental Rooms of the Sansoviniana Bookstore
This building was built 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. Sightseeing pass with access to the Doge's Palace and the 10 best museums in Venice
If you want to discover a good part of the cultural offer of Venice, either in several days or even in one, this Venice tourist pass is your best bet. For an economical price, you can save money and time on individual tickets to the 10 most important museums in Venice, the Doge's Palace among them, and skip the long queues at the entrance of these landmarks. The pass lasts for 6 months and includes one visit per museum.
What is included
- Ducal Palace. The symbol of the power and glory of the Republic of Venice.
- Museo Correr. 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. 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 display of a gondola with felze (covered gondola to protect from the cold and rain). This was 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 was converted into a museum as a tribute to the famous playwright Carlo Goldoni.
- Ca 'Pesaro. The International Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Oriental Art in Venice.
- Glass Museum. 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 sixteenth to the twentieth 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 when visiting the Doge's Palace in Venice
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.
This chamber contains majestic decoration and paintings by geniuses such as Veronese, Titian, Bellini and Tintoretto.
Sala del Maggior Consiglio
It was the voting hall, where more than 1,000 people chose the fate of the city, and includes the largest painting in the world, the work of Tintoretto, 'Paradise'.
Its damp dungeons and 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 after being imprisoned in 1756.
Bridge of Sighs
To reach the dungeons of the Doge's Palace, you will cross the same bridge that on so many occasions the death row inmates crossed while sighing as they saw, for the last time, the city of Venice from the windows of the bridge.
Bocca di Leone
This mailbox was used at the time to deposit complaints of illegal activities by citizens.
8. Opening hours of the Doge's Palace
- Regular opening times: Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Special opening times: From April to October, open until 7:00 p.m.
9. How to get to the Doge's Palace
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 vicinity
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 Campanile: The tall tower that you will see erected near the Basilica of St. Mark is the Campanile Tower, which I recommend you to climb because it will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view over Venice.
- St. Mark's Basilica
- St. Mark's Square
- Museo Correr
11. Other interesting visits in Venice
Already have your entrance to the Doge's Palace in Venice? Then don't miss how to do some of the other musts 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 and Murano and Burano Day Trips from Venice.