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Skip The Line Doges Palace Tour

Explore the lavishly decorated rooms and chambers of Doges Palace, a superb example of Gothic architecture which has stood the test of time to become Venice's most famous landmark and the representative symbol of the city's rich culture.

Visiting Doges Palace should be an absolute must for anyone visiting Venice as this historic building is the key to understanding the city and its inimitable form and longevity.

After skipping the long queues to get in, equipped with complimentary head-phones, you'll be able to hear all the detailed commentary of your expert English-speaking guide as you explore its interior.

Within its walls, the Doge and his counsellors governed the city and created the most modern and liberal state in Europe. The open architecture and grand public rooms are a testimony to the immense power and immense wealth of the Republic.

Learn about the Venetians unique form of government, the role of the Doge and his councillors, along with the infamous council of ten and the radical social programs that existed in Medieval Venice that made it one of most liberal states in Europe. You will also have a chance to see the notorious torture chambers and prisons reserved for enemies of the state.

Be entertained by tales of mystery and intrigue such as Casanova’s legendary escape from the Doges Palace and stories of other characters who played their role in the history of such a magnificent city that evolved from very humble origins.

Cross the Bridge of Sighs and learn how it got its name, explore the old prisons, and, as you tour the Palace, discuss its style of architecture that exemplifies the unique Byzantine Gothic style that’s only found in Venice and reflects a city that neither belonged to the west nor to the east.

By the end of the tour you’ll understand why the Venetians only allowed one building in Venice to be called a Palace.

Experience Includes

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Doges Palace
  • 2-hour guided walking tour of Venice's most famous building
  • See fabulous works of art, cross the Bridge of Sighs and visit the Prisons.
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Headphones so you can hear every word of your guide's detailed commentary

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel transfers
  • Optional gratuities

Departure location

The tour starts at the entrance to the Royal Gardens near St. Marks Square.

Start times

Varies - see calendar.

Duration

Around 2 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
  • At times, Doges Palace can close without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
  • A minimum of 8 people is required for the tour to operate. If the minimum numbers are not reached on your chosen date you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
  • Maximum of 20 people per guide.
  • Cancellations: More than 8 days before tour departure: no charge; From 7 to 4 days: 50% charge; Less than 3 days and no show: 100% non refundable.