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Opening hours

Mondays - Sundays 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

The above times are for the summer season, which runs between 1st April and 31st October. During the winter, the palace closes at 5:30 pm. Last admission is an hour before closing time.

How to get there

Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The Doge's Palace is located in the San Marco area of Venice's main island, off the Grand Canal. If you're approaching from one of the neighbouring islands, the nearest ferry terminal is San Marco. Should you decide to arrive in style and take a gondola ride, tell the gondolier to head for the same terminal. If you're coming on foot, directions get a little more tricky, as Venice's geography is so unusual. However, if you head for St Mark's Square, you can't go wrong!

FAQ

Should I book tickets beforehand?
It's advisable to book your tickets ahead of time. While you may be able to buy tickets from the ticket office the day you plan to visit, the attraction's popularity means that you will almost certainly need to queue up. If you book your tickets online, you may be able to beat these crowds. Tickets cost €20 and include entry into all of the museums on St Mark's Square, including the Museo Correr and the Biblioteca Nazionale. If you opt for the €24.50 Museum Pass option, you'll get entry to all of those as well as ten other museums dotted around Venice.
Is the Doge's Palace wheelchair friendly?
The palace is very well equipped to deal with the needs of wheelchair users. Direct access to the ground floor of the palace is simple, and most rooms have either step-free access or ramps. You can reach the upper floors by elevator, but will need to seek guidance from staff members to do so.
Where should you go to eat and drink?
The Doge's Palace has an excellent café where you can catch your breath. The Culto Caffè e Cioccolato offers real Italian coffee, fine wines, Venerian pastries and a selection of local delicacies. There's also a well-stocked gift shop where you can purchase all manner of palace souvenirs as well as artworks and books detailing the palace's recent temporary exhibitions. And, as you will discover, St Mark's Square is teeming with excellent bars, restaurants and cafés offering glorious views across the piazza.
When is a good time to visit?
As you will no doubt be aware, Venice is a hugely popular destination, and the Doge's Palace is near the top of most visitors' to-do list. As the whole city can become very busy during peak months and most people will want to take in the wonders of St Mark's Square, it may be a good idea to visit the palace early in the day.

What you should know before visiting the Doge's Palace

Who was the 'Doge'?
Loosely translated, the Doge was the Duke of Venice. However, rather than inheriting his role, the Doge was more often than not a wise elder of the city, usually with military experience and chosen from one of the city's most powerful families. Doges ruled for life, and many of them are interred in St Mark's Basilica next to the Doge's Palace. The position no longer exists, with the last Doge abdicating after Napoleon's armies took the city in 1797.
The Bridge Of Sighs
This aptly named bridge connects the Doges Palace to the prison that lies on the other side of the canal to its east. This bridge is said to have earned its name as it was the last thing detainees saw of the outside world before being incarcerated. Some came back to see the light, while others weren't so lucky.
A brief history
A palace of one form or another has stood on the site of the current Doge's Palace since the 9th century. Oddly, in a city famed for its waterways, these palaces have had the unfortunate tendency to be destroyed by fire. Most of the current palace, constructed in the Venetian Gothic tradition, is from the 16th century. Not only has the palace endured several disasters, it has also known a variety of rulers. During Napoleon's occupation of the city, Venice was under French rule, and then came under Austrian control before finally becoming part of Italy in 1866.

What to see around the Doge's Palace

St Mark's Basilica
Just next to the Doge's Palace is St Mark's Basilica, which has served as the cathedral to the city of Venice since 1807. First built in the 9th century, the basilica has had a history of fires. However, the magnificence and opulence of its current form still make it one of the greatest examples of Byzantine architecture in Italy.
St Mark's Basilica
St Mark's Basilica
The Campanile
The bell tower that rises over St Mark's Square has also had its fair share of troubles. While fire and lightning have damaged the tower over the years, it has always been rebuilt (most recently in 1912) and offers stunning views across Venice.
The Campanile
The Campanile
Mercerie
Leading from the Campanile to the magnificent Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal lies Venice's busiest shopping street. Here you can pick up a souvenir or treat yourself to something from the impossibly swanky stores.
Mercerie
Mercerie