Doge's Palace Priority Access Guided Tour
Explore Palazzo Ducale with your personal tour guide telling you stories that have rarely left the walls and chambers of the palace.
- Rush past the 45-minute line outside Doge's Palace and save your time and energy
- Engage in a guided tour with our exemplary guide who will rest assured grasp and retain your attention through the course of your visit
- Explore other buildings of importance around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana) with this very pass.
About Doge's Palace
The Doge's Palace is located in St Mark's Square and is one of the most fascinating and culturally rich monuments in Venice. Having been the seat of political and administrative power of the Venice Republic from its birth to its end, the Palazzo Ducale is a statement to the splendour of the La Serenissima (Venice).
An architectural fusion, this monument is a refreshing blend of contemporary and primaeval eras. It boasts an array of Renaissance masterpieces, grand staircases, opulent rooms and monumental entrances, all of which will leave you breathless. It houses the largest canvas in the world produced by the famous artist Tintoretto.
Meet your guide at St Mark’s square in the designated spot and admire the marvels of Venetian architecture from the outside, revel in its history and then follow him into the opulent structure. Once you step in you are likely to be overwhelmed by the interiors adorned in murals, intricate carvings and lavish decor.
Soak in the beauty of your surroundings and listen to stories of political happenings in Venice while you're here. The walls of the chambers hold stories the world has rarely heard of and these very walls are adorned with world-famous Renaissance masterworks making it a wholesome delight. Walk out to the open from here to the Bridge of Sighs to explore the New Prisons complex and end your tour back in St Mark’s Square from where you can visit other buildings of historical importance with the same ticket ( without the tour guide).
- Handy Guidebook with details of Doge’s Palace, Basilica, Saint Mark’s Square and suggestions for itineraries to visit Venice.
- Detailed St Marks's square map with additional information on public boat transportation will be handed over.
Know Before You Go
This tour begins in 2 batches from Monday to Sunday. The first batch starts at 10:45 AM and the second batch starts at 2:15 PM.
Each tour typically lasts for 1 hour
How to get there
Arriving by Public Vaporetto
If you are taking line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso”. If you are taking line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti”. After you alight, walk to Saint Mark’s Square. Once here, look for the Bell Tower and cross the adjacent Basilica. You will find our assistant waiting for you with a signboard reading TOUR under the Clock Tower.
Arriving by Private Watertaxi
Ask the driver to take you to the “Todaro” landing stage. Once you alight, walk to Saint Mark’s Square. Once here, look for the Bell Tower and cross the adjacent Basilica. You will find our assistant waiting for you with a signboard reading TOUR under the Clock Tower.
You may cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund.
While booking our tickets for this guided tour, we were a little inhibited about travelling. The customer rep shared a detailed map inclusive of public boat transportation information. Made out trip so easy
It was a bit longer than what we expected but we were warned about it by the customer rep here so we were prepared with food and water.
A guide makes all the difference. Ours was an interesting college lad who gave us a general overview and not a college lecture. Just what is needed on a vacation. :)
How to Use Your Tickets
You will receive your mobile voucher via email. There is no need to print the same. Once you reach St Mark's Square look for the Clock Tower near YEX exchange office ( white building with blue clock facade). You will find our assistant here with a signboard reading "TOUR". Please join him/her and proceed for the tour.
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