The Doge's Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923.
The oldest part of the palace is the wing overlooking the lagoon, the corners of which are decorated with 14th-century sculptures. The ground floor arcade and the loggia above are decorated with 14th- and 15th-century capitals, some of which were replaced with copies during the 19th century.
The public entrance to the Doge's Palace is via the Porta del Frumento, on the waterfront side of the building. The Palace complex includes also the Courtyard, Museo dell'Opera and Doge's apartments.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Tue

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Wed

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Thu

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Fri

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Sat

    08:30 - 19:00

  • Sun

    08:30 - 19:00

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Reviews

  • Paul McCullock

    5
    - 09 September 2018 -

    An absolutely stunning place. It is surprising what is inside once you get through the gateway. The courtyard somehow seems bigger than the outside. And the rooms are vast. The whole palace has been kept in fantastic original condition.the route round does entail quite a few stairs so put on your best walking shoes. It is worth the effort though. We went later in the day the queues seem to form early morning but they disappear later on.

  • Courtenay M

    5
    - 30 August 2018 -

    So much to see...really an amazing experience. With camera in hand, our tween even enjoyed herself (kind of). The audio tour was good....not overly verbose as some others. We had fast entry tickets, but didn't really need them at 9:15AM - quiet and not crowded at that hour.

  • Rutger van der Linden

    5
    - 28 August 2018 -

    Most of the rooms in the palace feature wonderfully decorated ceilings, almost inviting to lie down on one's back and take a picture. Which is what me and my son did in the biggest room, the grand council chamber. Floor feels nice and cool during warm weather. Bridge of Sighs was interesting and a little creepy. Funny to see the tourists snappung away at you from the next bridge. Wave back :) All in all a very good visit. Glad we bought tickets beforehand, allowing us to skip the queue.

  • Dana Msaddi

    5
    - 23 August 2018 -

    A very enriching visit to learn about how Venice came to be. Be sure to take a guided tour or queues will be very long, plus it's a lot more interesting with someone explaining. A must go if you love history. Visit is just less than an hour and totally worth it

  • Lidia & Greg Czubak

    5
    - 14 August 2018 -

    I highly recommend you go check out Doge’s Palace when in Venice! We purchased our tickets online so we didn’t have to wait in the massive line to get them. There is lots of history to take in when wandering the palace with lots of great photos to be taken. It probably took us 2 hours to go through the palace and prison. At the end of the visit you exit through a little cafeteria, which is rather pleasant and has reasonable pricing!

  • ashly wright

    4
    - 28 July 2018 -

    Wonderful experience, we did not have a guide but wish we did as we got turned around at one point. Larger than we thought from the outside. Was very happy to see all the armor and weapons. Did not realize some of the dungeon cell doors used to be only a few feet tall. There is also a restaurant/ cafe, we only got coffee but it was delicious.

  • Matt Wittkopp

    5
    - 23 July 2018 -

    Palace opens at 0830, we arrived on a Saturday morning at 0815, there was one other person in line. We had purchased the museum pass so we only had to wait to get through security. Being the second person in the museum was very nice as we didn't have to deal with a lot of people. We were able to see the museum in about an hour but we were moving kind of fast. There are bathrooms and a baby changing station inside. We walked by later in the afternoon and there was no line to enter the museum at that time. Definitely worth the money, definitely worth spending the money on the museum pass!

  • CM Jones

    5
    - 21 July 2018 -

    This place was quite spectacular. The amount of gold used to decorate this house is insane. And the size of it was quite impressive. Give yourself plenty of time to walk around. We made the mistake of having an appointment for the Bell tower so we had to leave and the Bell tower was nothing compared to this. We could have stayed for much longer. There is a weapons room my family liked also.

  • Katie Hallock

    5
    - 09 July 2018 -

    This place is incredible. So do yourself a favor and hire a tour guide to walk you through. There is so much interesting history that you wouldn’t know about walking through on your own. There were many signs or plaques explaining what you were seeing. But even if you can’t swing the guide, this place is still so worth it because it’s stunningly gorgeous! Every single room is dripping in beauty. Every wall and ceiling is covered in murals or beautiful wood carvings painted gold. Even the staircases and hallways or breathtaking. Bring your camera/phone, because you’re allowed to take pictures everywhere! We arrived around 9:30a on a Thursday in Mid July and the line To get in stretched the length of the long building. But we’d seen it twice as long around noon the day before. Definitely go early! And plan on taking about an hour and a half to walk through.

  • Minus Sixty Eight

    5
    - 13 June 2018 -

    Wonderful way to spend an early morning. Get here early and enjoy the place on your own. Definitely a place you’re going to already, but I essentially had the place to myself getting there at open on a Wednesday.

  • Kim Patik

    - 04 May 2018 -

    Beautiful architecture and artwork

  • Richard Hill

    - 15 February 2018 -

    Do the secret places tour & get behind the scenes.

  • Mada

    - 01 December 2017 -

    Great historic museum to visit

  • Bilal Tanatar

    - 17 November 2017 -

    Impressive structure.

  • N Ald

    - 29 October 2017 -

    Worth the visit 😻 We bought the 4 Museums Pass and it was so worth it.

  • Jon B.

    - 27 September 2017 -

    Work with a local guide to skip the line, and enjoy a delightful collection of renaissance art.

  • Guy Corbet

    - 04 August 2017 -

    Wonderful way to while away an afternoon. Check the prison on the other side of the Bridge of Sighs

  • Andy DP.

    - 01 August 2017 -

    Worth the visit. Entrance is not cheap

  • Elliot Wehner

    - 17 July 2017 -

    Come early to avoid the tour groups

  • Jennifer McAlone

    - 02 April 2017 -

    Amazing building for a gallery. If you have a spare couple of hours it's definitely worth it

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