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Palazzo Ducale

Piazza San Marco | also known as Doge's Palace, 31024 Venice, Italy
+39 041 2715911
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Ranked #3 of 197 Attractions in Venice
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural decoration date from various periods. The interior, with works by artists such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, A.Vittoria and Tiepolo, includes vast council chambers, superbly decorated residential apartments, and austere prison cells. Along the facades of the Palace run loggias that overlook St. Mark’s Square and the lagoon. The combined entrance ticket to the St. Mark’s Square Museums grants access to the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of Biblioteca Marciana.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is an absolutely beautiful building with an interesting and varied collection of art & historical items. It was great to have the opportunity to walk through the old prison and imagine what life must have been like for the prisoners of the time; cold, wet, and dark. A brief inmate of the prison at one time was the notorious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

December, just before Christmas seems like a good time to go. Limited crowds, and despite what everyone told me, there were no floods, no sinking city, instead we found charm, narrow winding streets and of course this beautiful big square! Stunning.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

It was interesting to visit the Palazzo because of the significance it holds in European history. It is beautiful inside and out and the views from it are very nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Even if you are a history heathen like myself and dont normally find this kind of thing interesting you could not fail to be impressed by the sheer scale and grandeur of the Palace. Seriously impressive!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

this is a palace built in venetian -gothic style and an important landmark of venice.a must visit for history buffs.the palace was the residence of the doge of venice-the supreme authority of the republic of venice.the palace houses many apartments which are beautiful but cant be photographed.in stark contrast to this beauty are the dungeons n the many prison calls... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Travelling in low season made getting in easy. This palace is so enormous and filled with beautiful art and decorations, it's a bit hard to comprehend it all. Well worth the time

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The 'secret tour' of the hidden rooms and dungeons used by the Venetian secret service during the late medieval and early modern period adds another dimension to what is already an absolutely stunning building inside and out. Our guide was very knowledgable and articulate with plenty of Casanova-related trivia up her sleeve. If you like your history, art, architecture or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Steeped in history and so accessible to tourists. Located with in a precinct that has many other worthwhile must see attractions.

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Palmer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

It was neat to see this palace, you can truly feel the political power and influence that Venice had in the past. Beautiful map room, nice art, and gorgeous golden staircase. I think we enjoyed the armory and the prison the most, especially the bridge of sighs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

When in Venice, the Palazzo Ducale is a must. I'd highly recommend the 'Secret itinerary', which should be booked in advance.

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