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The Palazzo Ducale is a gothic palace that was the residence of the Doge of Venice. Its two most visible façades look towards the Venetian Lagoon and St Mark's Square, or rather the Piazzetta. The Palace is the very symbol of Venice, in St. Mark’s Square, near to the famous Ponte dei Sospiri. Inside, works by great masters as Tintoretto, Veronese, etc.

The current palace was largely constructed from 1309 to 1324, designed perhaps by Filippo Calendario. It replaced earlier fortified buildings of which relatively little is known. Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon created the Porta della Carta in 1442, a monumental late-gothic gate on the Piazzetta side of the palace. This gate leads to a central courtyard.

The palace was badly damaged by fire in 1574. In the subsequent rebuilding work it was decided to respect the original Gothic style, despite the submission of a neo-classical alternative design by the influential Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. However, there are some classical features — for example, since the 16th century, the palace has been linked to the prison by the Bridge of Sighs.

As well as being the ducal residence, the palace housed political institutions of the Republic of Venice until the Napoleonic occupation of the city. Venice was ruled by an aristocratic elite, but there was a facility for citizens to submit written complaints at what was known as the Bussola chamber.

Doge Palace

The building is preserved as a museum. Inside, the visitor can see paintings by Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese, which glorify the Venetian state. In 2007, there was a temporary exhibition on "Venice and Islam".

Don't miss the guided tour named Secret Itinerary (€16), which will let you discover the part of the palace where the city's administration worked, as well as Casanova's jail and the wonderful five hundred year old roof structure.

Map of the Doge's Palace

Located on the eastern end of St. Mark's Square right next to St. Mark's Church, the Doge's Palace is a beautiful Gothic building that used to be the home of the Venetian doges. Today, the building it open to visitors on most days.

Inside the palace, visitors can view the Great Council Hall, the Chamber of the Council of Ten, the torture chamber, prison cells and other rooms. The famous Bridge of Sighs connects the Doge's Palace with the state prisons.

Additional Info

  • Address: Palazzo Ducale
    San Marco,1
    30135 Venezia
    Phone +39 041 2715911
    Fax. +39 041 5285028
  • Vaporetto: San Zaccaria stop - Line #1, line 4.1, line 5.1 and line 5.2
    Vallaresso stop - Line #1
    Giardinetti stop - Line #2
  • Opening Hours: from April 1st to October 31st
    8.30 am – 7 pm (last admission 6 pm)

    from November 1st to March 31st
    8.30 am – 5.30 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)

    Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
    A single ticket valid for the Doge's Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. This ticket is valid for 3 months and grants one single admission to each museum.

    Ticket full price: 16,00 euros
    Ticket reduced: 8,00 euros (Children aged from 6 to 14; students aged from 15 to 25; citizens over 65).
    Free entrance: Venetian citizens; children aged from 0 to 5; disabled people with helper.
    Family Offer: for families of two adults and at least one child (aged 6 to 18): 1 ticket full price, the others at reduced tariff.
    School Offer: 5,50 euros per person (valid from September 1st to March 15th): for students accompanied by their teachers.
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1 comment

  • Amanda
    Amanda Wednesday, 01 January 2014 15:41 Comment Link

    The Doge's palace was built to impress visitors. Beautiful architecture, paintings and old histories all in one place. The main rooms are amazing and is interesting cross the Bridge of Sighs for to see the old prison's. The Secret Itinerary tour option is only a few Euro more. Don't miss out on the Secret Itinerary.

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