The Doge's Palace, or Palazzo Ducale, is one of the top attractions in Venice. This gorgeous Gothic gem on Saint Mark's Square was the residence of the Doge, the erstwhile ruler of Venice, and the headquarters of the Venetian Republic, a city state that existed more than 1,000 years. Learn more about the interesting history of the Doge's Palace
Since 1923, the Doge's Palace has been a museum. With its elaborate exterior and interior architecture, grand halls, and priceless paintings by Venetian masters such as Titian and Tintoretto, the Doge's Palace is also one of the top museums in Venice.
Allow plenty of time for your visit as there's lots to see inside. Find out what to see with our Doge's Palace Highlights.
Location: San Marco, 1, Venice
Hours: Daily 8:30 - 7:00 (closes 5:30 in winter), last admission one hour before closing. Closed January 1 and December 25
Information: web site; Tel. (0039) 041-2715-911
Admission: €16 (as of 2012) for Saint Mark's Square Museums Pass, includes 3 other museums. Reduced price for over age 65, be sure to ask at ticket window. Doge's Palace is also included in the 11-museum pass, good for a longer period.
Buying Tickets in Advance: You can avoid the ticket line with a Venice Musuem Pass that includes either 4 or 11 museums and is good for one month. Purchase in US dollars online though Select Italy (check prices or buy now)
A half-day guided tour of the Doge's Palace (does not include Secret Itineraries) and Saint Mark's Cathedral and Square can be booked through Select Italy (tour and booking information).