Palazzo Ducale - The Doge's Palace

Palazzo Ducale

Palazzo Ducale, St Mark's Square, Venice

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The Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) is the most emblematic symbol of the Venetian Republic during its majestic and impressive Empire, as well as during its cultural and artistic development.

It was founded in the XI century and was initially a castle; during the XIV and XV century modifications gave it the gothic architectural structure that is still present today.

Palazzo Ducale was the residence of the Doge (the highest office in the Serenissima), and also the seat of many different political and social institutions. In some ways, it had the same function as other important historic buildings such as the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

In 1796, it became a public palace. The offices and rooms were very organised. The first floor was occupied by minor institutions such as the Censor, the Law Offices and the Naval Offices.

The second floor contained the most important rooms of the palace:

  • the Grand Council Chamber;
  • the Ballot Chamber, where the Doge was elected;
  • the Doge’s apartments.

The third floor was occupied by the Sala del Colleggio, in which foreign ambassadors were received. The room called "Bussola"("compass") was used by citizens to complain and resolve problems against other citizens. Finally the "State Inquisitor Room" was used as a interrogatory room.

Useful Information on Palazzo Ducale

Address: Piazza San Marco
Phone: (0039) 041 2715911; fax: (0039) 041 5285028
Entrance: Porta del Frumento, Piazzetta di San Marco
Hours: 1/11–31/3 9am – 5pm / 1/4–31/10 9am – 7pm
How to get there: lines 1, 41, 51, 82 (San Zaccaria stop); lines 1, 82 (Vallarasso stop)

Visit Doge's Palace:

Doge's Palace – Museum Pass

Venice Museum Card

The Museum Pass is a card valid for all the Venice city museums subscripted to this service. It's valid 6 months and it allows one entrance to each museum. You can get it directly in the Doge's Palace.

The Museum Pass includes the following museums: Doge's Palace, Correr Museum, National Archeological Museum, Biblioteca Marciana, Ca' Rezzonico, Palazzo Mocenigo, Carlo Goldoni's House, Ca' Pesaro, International Gallery of Modern Art + Museum of Oriental Art, Museum of Glass (Murano), Lace Museum (Burano).

From €21,00 per person

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Doge's Palace: St. Mark's Square Museums

doges-palace-san-marco-veniceA masterpiece of Gothic Architecture, the Doge’s Palace is an accumulation of layer upon layer of building work and ornamentation, comprising the original foundations, the fourteenth/fifteenth-century structure, sizeable Renaissance additions and opulent Mannerist details.

The palace is made up of three main parts: the southern wing, the oldest one, where is the Sala del Maggior Consiglio (Room of the Major Council); the wing overlooking the square, the former palace of justice, which houses the Sala dello Scrutinio (Room of Polls); and the Renaissance wings, where were the residence of the Doge and many administrative offices.

Opening hours:
Nov 3 – May 31: 9 AM – 5 PM
Mar 22 – Nov 2: 9 AM – 7 PM

Price: from €4,00 per person

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Doge's Palace – Secret Itineraries

palacio-ducal-itinerarios-secretosNot accessible with the standard ticket, these tours take the visitor into the most secret and fascinating rooms in the Palace. The ticket includes the guided tour to the itineraries and also access (without a guide) to the rest of the Doge's Palace.

Tours are all with a specialised guide, for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 25; they start at fixed times according to the following schedule: Italian 9.30; 11.10, English: 9.55 10.45; 11.35, French 10.20; 12.00 (Visit at 10:45 is not available on August).

Price: from € 3,99 per person

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