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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 #5 of 206 attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We bought the joint ticket for the Doge's Palace and the Museo Correr and were not disappointed. As we were staying in Venice for a week, we were able to visit St Marks, the Doge's Palace and the Museo Correr on different mornings and spent at least two hours in each.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We took the Secret Itineries tour, and learned about all the sevrets of teh old prison. Very informative. The kids loved it too, especially my 12 year old son - who loved walking around teh prison cells, and hearing the tales of Casanova.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Stay there for a complete visit and let you feel the Venice atmosphere from the past to the present. If you like history you could learn some more details and/or see with your eyes. Also the view to the Grand Canal and San Marco square is beautiful.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

An amazing building with a huge hall which is quite breath taking in its size. However, it is a highlight as Venice isn't Rome or Florence. Some days this building is heaving others less so, but it is usually the 1 day visitors rushing around which does detract from the appreciation of this building. If you take your time it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Walking round the palace was just amazing. The size of the rooms and the splendour. The court rooms and of course the walk to the prison is a must over the Bridge of Sighs. You really feel why the prisoners would have sighed!

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Wakefield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We chose to visit here rather than the Basilica and were pleased with our choice. We learned a lot about the history of Venice. The 'prison' part was interesting at first (partly because you cross the Bridge of Sighs) but once you have seen 10 cells, it all becomes very much the same!

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A beautiful palace, just awesome in size and opulence and well worth a visit. My tip is early morning to avoid the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you are going to Venice without visiting the Ducal Palace you might as well stay home. This Palace was the very heart of the "Serenissima Repubblica" as Venice was known for Centuries. You will notice how close the Palace is to the St.Mark's Basilica, they are next door to each other as were back then the powers of the... More

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Loved being able to bypass the queues with the Venice Unica pass! The layout of the self guided tour was very good and the quality of descriptions and what was on view was superb. Be aware you have to check any backpacks etc at the cloakroom before starting the tour. Definitely worth the spooky detour over the 'bridge of sighs'... More

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you only visit one building in Venice, this is it. For those who love history, painting, and old buildings this is a must. The Doge's Palace was the home and headquarters of the Venetian Republic for approximately 700 years until 1797 when the city fell to Napoleon. It has been a public museum since 1923. It is also connected... More

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