Learn the history of the Doge's Palace
Skip the line access to the Doge's Palace
Free time to explore St Mark's and its surrounding monuments including Royal Palace, Museo Archelogico Nazionale and much more
Witness a glass craftsman at work
Covid-19 Update: this tour will operate weekends only in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish until August 30th. The glass factory, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Biblioteca Marciana remain closed until further notice and will not be included in the tour.
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Children: €41 (6 – 14 years) Infant 0- 5 years travel free
Group size: Maximum 25
From November to March the tour will be monolingual. English is available daily. Other languages are available on selected days. German on Mondays and Fridays on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and Spanish on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please select your preferred language when you book.
For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or larger bags are not allowed inside the Doge’s Palace, the storage service is available and is free of charge.
This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
Meet your guide at St Mark's Square - Clock Tower near the exchange office by 10:30am
Visit the Doge's Palace - Discover the stunning artworks & the palace's monumental rooms
Marvel at the picturesque ceiling inside Scala d'Oro - the Golden Staircase
View the Bridge of Sighs and imagine life as a prisoner of the Venetian Republic
Providing a dominant presence on the Venetian waterfront, Doge’s Palace and its marvellous series of arches continues to impress millions of visitors who come to experience its unique history and Gothic architectural style. For centuries, this place was the centre of the social and political world in Venice as the Doge of Venice – the supreme ruler – lived and governed from here.
Stand at the front of the palace and admire the incredible shapes and biblical figures cut into the intricately designed facade. During peak season, the lines can stretch far into the distance but our special Skip the Line tickets will have you inside without any hassle. You’ll be led through the structure by a professional guide, who will show you the truly exceptional collection of masterpieces that adorn the palace’s monumental rooms. Many of the works date back to the European Middle Ages and your guide will be more than happy to explain the incredible stories behind these historic creations.
We’ll make our way through Doge’s Palace to the Scala d’Oro, otherwise known as the Golden Staircase, which provided dignitaries with a special entrance to the upper levels of the palace. Continuing onwards, we’ll soon arrive at the Bridge of Sighs, a beautifully designed structure that provides a link between the palace and the Venetian prisons. You’ll have the opportunity to head underground and into the cells to get a glimpse of the difficult conditions that the prisoners must have endured. These prisons are also known as the place where renowned author and adventurer Giacomo Casanova was held, although he eventually managed to escape.
Undoubtedly one of Venice’s most famous buildings, Doge’s Palace provides travellers with a remarkable glimpse into ancient history. Whether it’s the astonishing assemblage of historic artworks or the one-of-a-kind brand of architecture, our tour provides an excellent way to experience this special Venetian landmark and all its glory.
Skip the line ticket access to Doge’s Palace
Entrance ticket fee to visit St Mark’s Square by yourself and surrounding monuments
Guided tour with a local and licensed guide
Watch a glass craftsman at work
The meeting point for this tour is at St Mark’s Square – Clock Tower near the Exchange office. Please be advised to be waiting 15 minutes prior to your departure time. You will be sent through an email with full instructions once you have completed the booking.