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Palazzo Ducale

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Address: Piazza San Marco | also known as Doge's Palace, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 2715911
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural...
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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Amazing palace with exciting history

Lods to see - paintings / weapons / prison cells Recommend the Secret Itineraries Guided Tour - 25 persons max takes you through areas not otherwise viewed. Excellent explanation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Lods to see - paintings / weapons / prison cells Recommend the Secret Itineraries Guided Tour - 25 persons max takes you through areas not otherwise viewed. Excellent explanation of how Venice and the Doges operated as well as stories of Casanovas escape..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting Venice, than the Palazzo Ducale is a can't miss! Beautiful inside and out, you need to take a few hours to completely appreciate the art and the history. We visited on a weekend and the lines were unbelievable. If you can, visit during the weekdays or be prepared for a long wait.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Overlooking the Grand Canal, Doge's Palace was the seat of the government of Venice until it came under Napoleonic rule in 1797 and then in 1866, a part of Italy. Before then, the palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. Today the palace is a museum and you can walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

One of the most go to spots of Venice. Arriving by ferry affords you the view that most people associate with Venice: the Ducale, Lions of St mark Columns and the Campanile tower. The Palazzo Ducale itself is magnificent. The seat of power for the doge's, the powerful rulers of medieval Venice. The inside has many rooms all interesting in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

An amazing structure with superb interior. It offers the best information for the history of Venice. One of the must do in the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Speechless after seeing the paintings, murals!! The staff was so kind and went out of the way to assist my mother in taking the elevator. Must see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This place was astounding. We only had until 11am before we left Venice, and arrived at the ticket office just before it opened at 8.30am. We were lucky and there were only around 10 people in the queue, so bascially walked right in. The rooms were amazing, and I was pleased I went down to the prison area which was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

went in April and had a small queue. once inside people dispersed and the rooms are so large you don't notice the tourists. Wonderful palace. A tourist attraction but a must. you can't tell the glory from the outside . it was worth it It was 17 euros but thats for as long as you want. We spent 5 hours

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

bring your own headsets and share de audio guide. Palazzo is beautifull, audio guide is not so good, perhaps with a tour guide you can take a have a better experience. entrance es quite expensive compared to other attarctiosn in italy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

If you only go into one museum while in Venice, this should be it. Very interesting, and you can feel the history and wealth of Venice in the palace's walls.

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Staying in San Marco

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.