A must visit Gothic style palace and museum - architecture, artworks, frescoes - along with its apartments used by venetian nobility.

Know Before You Go

Highlights are many, a few include the Compass Room which is dedicated to the Justice Administration, the ceiling paintings are by Veronese and Sansovino designed the ornate fireplace.
From the Compass room you can pass to the armoury and new prisons on the other side of the Bridge of Sighs.
The Doge's Palace can get incredibly crowded arrive early or out of season if you want to see it at its best.
There are guided tours available, ideal if you would like to be shown around in your own language.
It may get quite tiring for smaller children due to the sheer scale of the palace.

A Top 3 on your list, worth a half day if you can

The Doge's Palace is in one of the top three places to visit while in Venice. A Venetian Gothic palace, it is one of the main city landmarks and was the residence of the Doge of Venice.

The palace opened in 1923 to the general public and offers some of the most incredible architecture you will see in the world. Artwork inside the palace showcases original paintings by Tintoretto, Titian and Tiepolo as well as incredible ceiling works and frescoes.

A peek into the life of nobility

The artwork alone is incredible and so are the Doge's Apartments, which offer glorious insight into how the nobility of Venice lived. The Courtyard offers incredible views of the internal structure and architecture of the palace, even the top of St. Mark's Basilica is available to view.

The Museo dell’Opera showcases ornate sculptures from the 14th and 15th century, including Mars and Neptune which guard the entrance.

Should I take the Secret Itineraries Tour?

The behind the scenes tour of the Doge's Palace is worth taking, by most accounts. You get to see the prison cells, torture chambers, the tiny offices and basically get a picture of how the state machinery worked in those times.

- Tour details

The tour takes about 90 minutes, and it can get hot and muggy in the summer. It involves climbs, some of them steep. The group sizes are limited to 25 people at a time. It also allows you to skip the regular lines and enter before the rest, so you have the public part of palace to yourselves.

Who was a Doge?

A Doge is sometimes loosely and literally translated to 'Duke'. However unlike a Duke, a Doge was actually the highest elected official and the Chief Magistrate of the State of Venice. The electors were the aristocracy and a Doge was elected for life.

Typically a wise or shrewd man, he ran the show and made things work. Of course he was very powerful. Doges ran Venice for over 1000 years

Key Highlights

The residence of generations of Doges of Venice, this huge palace combines rich history and inner (sometimes dark) workings of the state with amazing architecture, art and sculpture.

The palace is conveniently located near major attractions and is a revealing peek into the life of the nobility of those days.

Who was a Doge? What is the Secret Itineraries tour? Read the details.

Map : Doge's Palace

Other Venice Top 10 Attractions Near Doge's Palace are marked in yellow

Distance of other top ten Attractions from Doge's Palace
Bridge of Sighs0.1 Km
Saint Mark's Basilica0.1 Km
Teatro la Fenice0.5 Km
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore0.5 Km
Grand Canal0.7 Km
Gallerie dell Accademia1 Km
Basilica dei Frari1.1 Km
Scuola Grande di San Rocco1.2 Km
Murano3 Km

These distances are approximate [As the crow flies]

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