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Doge's Palace
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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours
Ranked #2 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This beautiful palace does not disppoint the visitors. The architecture is magnificent, Room after room, hall after hall of wonderful murals and paintings about Venice's history. When you are about to leave, there's more. You can cross over the famous Bridge of Sighs (very narrow and cramped inside) and look around the old prison. I took some pictures from inside the bridge, of the canals scene outside. As you leave the palace courtyard, you don't want to leave.

Thank Evelyn W
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

It's very nice and well kept, some of the rooms are try palatial. A bit pricey though! If you are under 30 you can get a Rolling Venice card and just the discount for the Palace's entrance fee are worth the price of the card :)

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

I found that people were not very helpfully at the ticket office and i could not find anybody around should i require any information. The staff seem to not put explanation on the walls or next to items as they want to to pay extra for the audio guide which is a bit disappointing.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

First, if you walk in to Piazza St Marco and see a mile long line don't dispare - this is for the Basilica. The ticket office line ( to the right) is usually not that long and the entrance to the palace is round to the right. There wasn't a line whenever we passed. The ticket also allows you to get into the Corer Museum at the other end of the piazza.
Right now there's a Manet exhibition which was excellent, has a separate entrance and then you miss any Doge's minimal wait for the palace after. Be aware - you cannot buy the exhibition ticket in the combo at The Corer - where you can go to miss the ticket line at the Doge. Made that expensive mistake.
The palace is worth a visit to put the Venetian political and religious history into perspective - forget division of church and state! The prison is easily accessible via bridge of sighs at the back door. Decorations minimal - this isn't a cluttered Buckingham Palace type tour.
Basilica? Get there early and miss the queue otherwise be prepared to wait with the cruise ship crowds.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We decided to visit the Doge's Palace early in an attempt to avoid the crowds so were at the ticket booth for the 8.30am opening time. Crowds are a relative thing in Venice so the place was still pretty busy, some of the tour groups are rather large so you want to avoid getting caught up with them. We hired the audio guide which was well worth the money and easy to use.

1  Thank JacquiNowra
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