Doge's Palace: live guided tour with skip the line tickets - small group

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34 reviews   (4.21)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 5 hours

Departs: Venice, Venice

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Amazing guided tour inside the Venice Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale): the old residence of the Doge. The guide will escort you along the halls of power to admire the breathtaking artworks such as the Golden Staircase, the parliament, and many paintings of Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and many other amazing masterpieces.

You’ll cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs to go down to the Prisons. Only Casanova managed to escape from these dark and cold cells.

The entrance is skip-the-line and so you’ll avoid the endless queue in front of the Palace.

When you leave your guide you can continue, by yourself, to discover the romantic corner of Venice with our digital map. Use your mobile to find out more than 200 points of interest.

For an exclusive experience, choose the private option: enjoy a personal guided tour.

What's Included

Doge’s Palace guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide


SKIP THE LINE TICKET: Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and Piombi Prisons

What's Not Included

Hotel pickup

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 5
  • YOUTH: Age: 6 - 14
  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 99

Additional Info

  • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace, the storage service is free of charge.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after; otherwise, it will be refunded)
  • We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
  • You will receive the audio guide with digital map by e-mail. If you have any problems with this, please come to Venice Tours office (San Marco 1130) for assistance.
  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • You must download the audio guide with digital map on your mobile phone

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Doge's Palace
The Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of Venetian political power. In its splendid rooms, surrounded by hundreds of painting masterpieces, the Doge and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year old republic.
The experienced guide will show you the halls of power, plunging you into a very special setting: the European Middle Ages and the centuries immediately following.

You’ll be surprised at the rich details of the gold staircase, at the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building, you will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Ponte di Rialto
Later you can enjoy the audio guide with digital map to discover more tha 200 Venice Highlights at your own pace.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Museo Correr
You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket! You will discover the way of life of the venetians, with paintings, library, coinage, sculpture. You will be entered in the secrets of Venice Empire, with description of Arsenale who produced the famous battleship Galea. You will visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi Empress Austria.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Very interesting and...
TZIPORA_H, 22-11-2022
Very interesting and enjoyable tour. Great option if you are short on time and don't have enough time to do the more in depth tour.
An experience to remember!
Jessica_R, 01-10-2022
Our guide, Elena, was AMAZING! If I could give more than 5 stars I would. It is truly special to experience Venice with a guide who was born and raised here. She provided so much insight into the city’s history that went well beyond just the Doge’s Palace. She was personable and made the whole experience so intimate for our small group. Would highly recommend this tour - and highly highly recommend Elena!!
Incredible Venice
mercedehk2022, 25-09-2022
We had an exceptional experience with Gina as our guide. She came with a background of history and was so informative. She could relate the present to the past and the Venetian republic’s influence on present day government!.
Doge palace tour
Cathie_G, 23-10-2022
The guide was very informative and made the experience enjoyable as well as educational
Even though true high waters delayed our tour it was not rushed which was appreciated
Guide was really good. Check in process needs improvement.
Gay_J, 19-05-2022
The guided tour was very informative and knowledgeable. Enjoyed walking though the palace and being told the history. The way the tickets are distributed can be improved. We had access to another museum and could have visited the museum earlier that day. Instead we weren’t allowed to get our tickets until checkin for the guided tour. I’m I’ve paid for tickets I should be able to pick them up at any time. Information on ticket was also incorrect. It stated we had an earlier museum visit and when we got there the person said that it was not correct which made us wait around even more. I am giving 4 stars only due to the guide. Check in would get 2 stars.

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