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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 #6 of 215 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is one of the marvels you absolutely have to see when visiting Venice. It will definitely be worth your time. Do take your camera. Despite the numerous No-Camera signs, museum employees politely ignore even flash photography.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It is well worth your time, money and effort to visit this beautiful palace. If you're interested in art, architecture and history, then this is a must-see in Venice. The exhibits are well planned and there is a route to go around the palace with clear arrows and directions. The art work is amazing and it is really very surprising... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I did both the secret itineraries and the museum tour. The secret itineraries tour is good, the amazing door(with an elliptical hinge so that it never jams), the organization of how people sat, the process followed to mantain secrecy and how to break somebody through torture and other means possible. And then the museum with all the awesomes frescoes on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Spent ages in here as it was fab! Initially planned on seeing the Basilica but the queues were enormous. Definitey made a good choice here though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The palace is a perfectly preserved slice of classical Venetian history. An architectural gem, walking through gilded rooms with frescoed ceilings will leave you in awe. We took the 'Secret Itineraries Tour' and got to see where prisoners were kept, crossed the famed Bridge of Sighs, and examine the escape route taken by Casanova. Taking a few hours out of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Get a tour guide! Otherwise it is hard to appreciate the history as much as you should. This is also where you find the bridge of sights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Incredible building with amazing history. You feel it as you walk through. Even my children were impressed and engaged especially in prison section across the Bridge of Sighs and the armory.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We booked tickets on the internet for the Secret Itineries tour. We arrived very early to pick up the tickets, which meant we avoided any queuing at all. The tour was well run, but the guide was very strict and didn't seem to enjoy her job very much. She seemed to be going through the motions a bit. It was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I think this place is pretty overpriced. the armory and prison was good. Paintings were good but I will not call them great. 16 euros for this place as per my opinion is too much. I have visited the Versailles palace and many other art galleries whose collections are far more magnificent to this, so I think this palace is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The historical Doge's Palace is impressive to say the least! Heart of historical Venice, it holds many paintings and impressive frescos in ballrooms and sitting rooms. We took at least half a day to walk through it all. Skip the line tip: We bought tickets at the Museo Correr in the morning, EUR 16 per person for entry into the... More

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