"Information about Tours & Opening times of the Doges Palace. This article helps you to prepare well for a visit."

When you visit the Doge's Palace, you will be amazed by the maze of corridors and rooms. I find it the greatest attraction in the history of Venice. Kids think it's fantastic! And the labyrinth in the prison is pretty scary!

Tickets Doge's Palace: You can visit the palace anytime with Skip the Line Tickets.

I can offer an exclusive evening guided tour of the Doge's Palace. Benefit from fast-track entry and a personal guide. Learn about the history of this fascinating place. Then, experience a unique tour in 1.5 hours when the sun goes down, and the crowds have gone home.

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The Museum of the Doge's Palace is open every day:

  • April – October from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • November – March from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • closed December 25 and January 1

We have special tickets to speed up the queue at the Doge's Palace. Then, go directly with your guide on a private tour of the palace (seasonal). Very special.

It is a tour of the secret locations of the palace. It will take around 1 hour and 25 minutes before the tour ends.

  • A one-hour walk
  • Walk through the Bridge of Sighs
  • Skip the (often long) queues

Book 15 minutes in advance with your phone, or choose a date on the right side of the calendar. You can immediately pay securely with credit card. You will then directly receive the tickets to use them on your mobile phone or print it. 

So if you book it in Venice, you can get in quickly! Therefore, save an hour of waiting time to get to the Doge's Palace. And see which tickets are still available.

The regular price is more expensive if you buy at the museum box office. Walk through the rooms and the 'creepy' prison where 'Casanova' was held. Also very nice for older children (from 10 years). For more information, visit the site of Palazzo Ducale > This ticket includes the museum visit.

All nice and lovely but:

Where is the entrance to the Doges Palace?

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The entrance to the Palace is on the waterside. From San Marco Square, you walk under the gallery towards the water. And you turn then left.

Be careful; it can be bustling here with a long queue (just like at the entrance of Basilica San Marco). Here's a photo that shows the crowds a bit at the entrance.

The Doge's Palace, together with the San Marco Basilica, is one of the most visited sights in Venice. No trip is complete without seeing it. Unfortunately, the line outside is often very long, no matter when you wait. Pro Tip: book skip-the-line tickets in advance, and don't waste time waiting in line. You can use the extra time to eat gelato ice cream (that's what I did!).

Still not sure about visiting the home of the ancient Doges? OK, I'm going to convince you...

Why do you have to visit the Doges Palace in Venice?

The Doge's Palace was the official residence of the 120 Doges. They ruled Venice from 697 (AD) to 1797 (AD).

Visit the Council Chamber (Sala del Maggior Consiglio) and the impressive Chamber of Senate Members (Sala del Senato). End your museum tour with a coffee break in the former stable of the palace.

The Doge was the chief magistrate and leader of Venice. He was elected for life by the city's nobility. Usually, the selected Doge was the smartest and the oldest in Venice.

Be impressed by the architecture. Experience the beautiful works of art in the Doge's Palace. For example, Titian, Tintoretto, and Bellini worked together to embellish the palace with paintings and sculptures—for example, the colossal marble facade.

While walking through the palace, you get one surprise after another. Each room has an explanation board in English. The red arrows indicate the route. Will you take the secret tour? This itinerary will take you past the torture chambers! Very scary, but I can recommend it!

What are the best tips for the Doges palace?


If you are planning to visit the Doge's Palace in Venice, here are some tips to help you make the most of your experience:

  • Buy Tickets in Advance: The Doge's Palace is one of the most popular attractions in Venice, and the lines to buy tickets can be very long, especially during peak tourist season. To avoid crowds and save time, purchasing your tickets online in advance is recommended.
  • Consider a Guided Tour: A guided tour of the Doge's Palace can be a great way to learn more about the history and significance of this iconic landmark. Many tour companies offer guided tours, including skip-the-line access to the palace, so you can avoid the crowds and make the most of your visit.
  • Dress Appropriately: The Doge's Palace is a historic building with strict dress codes, so dress appropriately. Shorts, sleeveless shirts, and hats are prohibited, and visitors are asked to dress modestly and respectfully.
  • Bring Water: The Doge's Palace can be pretty warm and humid, especially during the summer, so staying hydrated is essential. Bring a refillable water bottle with you, as there are water fountains inside the palace where you can refill it.
  • Plan Your Visit Carefully: The Doge's Palace is a large, complex building with many rooms and exhibits. To make the most of your visit, plan your route carefully and decide which areas and exhibits you want to see before you arrive.
  • Don't Miss the Bridge of Sighs: The Bridge of Sighs is a famous landmark in Venice that connects the Doge's Palace to the adjacent prison. Stroll across the bridge and admire its beautiful views of the city.

By following these tips, you can make your visit to the Doge's Palace a memorable and enjoyable experience.

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