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Doge’s Palace Tickets Overview

Regarded as one of the most beautiful structures in the world, Doge’s Palace Tickets offers a retreat to the eyes of visitors through the golden staircase and innumerable breathtaking Doge's Palace paintings and artworks of the palace. This attraction allows you to take a tour of the Doge Palace, which served as the powerhouse of the Venetian Republic. You will discover the longest canvas painting in the world named Paradise by Tintoretto in the Doge’s Palace. With Doge’s Palace Tickets, you can easily skip the line at Doge's palace and witness the amazing marvels of the palace.

From the Bridge of Sighs that connects the new prison to the Palace to the Museo dell’Opera, you will be mesmerized by the grand endeavor of the collections and layout of the palace. On your tour, you should not miss taking a walk through the ornately-decorated halls and architecture during the so-called Golden Age of Venice. Therefore, Doge’s Palace is a striking attraction that aims to leave a lasting impression on the minds of visitors.

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Museo dell'Opera
Museo dell’Opera

The Museo dell’Opera, included in the Doge’s Palace Tickets, consists of the works of the two facades and original columns in six different rooms of the museum. These carved capitals look like epic poems in stones, and the sculptures form a blend of Doge's Palace history and legend, sacred and the profane, and astrology and astronomy. All these capitals represent allegorical figures, historical characters, animals, plants, and faces of different races. Some of the capitals of the Museo dell’Opera even present themes of the products of the earth and astrological correspondences.

Courtyard and the Loggias
Courtyard and the Loggias

The north side of the courtyard is an intersection between the Doge’s Palace and the St. Mark’s Basilica. You will discover two well-heads in the center of the courtyard dating back to the mid-16th century. The Courtyard consists of the Giants’ Staircase that was used for formal entrances, which represents the power by sea and by land. Loggias are the itinerary walks that take you from the Renaissance wing to the Gold Staircase, where you will find numerous offices of the State Government. With Doge’s Palace Tickets, you should not forget to witness the two plagues, one that has Gothic lettering from 1362, while the other plaque is a work of Alessandro Vittoria.

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Doge's Apartments
Doge’s Apartments

The Doge’s Apartments were always situated in the wing of the Ducal Chapel. The entire apartments were destroyed by fire and were then reconstructed in the Renaissance style. These apartments showcase different rooms, wooden engraved ceilings, and monumental marble chimneys. The rooms in these apartments were used for the private line of the Doge until the 17th century. But today, it is used for temporary exhibitions of Doge’s Palace artworks in the palace.

Institutional Chambers
Institutional Chambers

The Institutional Chambers at the Doge’s Palace commences in the Square Atrium. These chambers consisted of the political and judicial administrative organs that were the main cause of Europe’s jealousy for centuries. With your Doge’s Palace Tickets, you will cross the fundamental organs of the government, namely the Senate, the Collegio, and the Great Council.

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The Bridge of Sighs in the Doge’s Palace are the corridors that were constructed to link the Doge's Palace prisons to the palace. These corridors were named after the sighs of the prisoners that passed from the courtroom to the cells where they would be served their sentence. During the 16th century, New Prisons were built that housed the chambers of the magistrates and prisons known as the Notte al Criminal. These new prisons were constructed with more light and air-filled cells with the intention to enhance the conditions of the prisoners. However, the prisons failed to fulfill the aim. Thus, each cell was bordered with overlaying larch planks.


The rooms of the Armoury in Doge’s Palace are filled with precious historical collections of ornaments, weapons, and Doge Palace’s artworks from different sources. After the fall of the Venetian Republic, the arms collections were dispersed halfway, consisting of several valuable pieces, but 2000 exhibits still remained in the rooms of the Armoury. The remaining exhibits included renowned instances of armor suits of the 15th and 16th centuries, with crossboards, halberds, swords, and quivers. You will find monogram CX for “Council of Ten” inscribed in these exhibits. The other collections of the armory include ships’ lanterns, weapons, standards, torture implements, chastity belts, firearms, and tiny but lethal weapons.

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Doge’s Palace History

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  • The impressive structure of Doge’s Palace is made up of layers of building elements and ornamentations.
  • These structures date back to the authentic structure of the 14th and 15th Renaissance and opulent Mannerist designs.
  • There are three blocks in the Doge Palace, with the St. Mark’s Basin being the oldest. The other two blocks are St. Mark’s Square and the canal-side wing that consists of the apartments and several government offices of the Doge.
  • The Origins- The first settlement of Doges came to Venice post the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
  • During Venice’s reasonable level of independence, it was decided to construct the Palazzo Ducale building, but you cannot find any traces of this 9th century building.
  • Old Castle- During the 10th and 11th centuries, the Palazzo Ducale was probably a collection of different buildings that were constructed to serve different purposes.
  • These buildings included prisons, stables, public offices, armories, courtrooms, Doge’s apartments, and several other facilities.
  • Doge Ziani’s Palace- The Doge’s Palace was destroyed by fire in the 10th century.
  • After reconstruction, the layout of the entire St. Mark’s square was changed and two other buildings were constructed in its place to house legal institutions and courts.
  • However, you cannot find traces of the ruins of this building as well.
  • The extension of the palace facing the lagoon which we see today happened in the 14th century.
  • During the 15th century, a new wing was designed that was a part of Doge Francesco Foscari’s renovations.
  • It consisted of a ground-floor arcade, first floor balconies, an internal courtyard, and a Great Council Chamber.
  • Between 1483 and 1574, several fire accidents took place in the building that destroyed some or the other part of the building.
  • In the 17th century, the courtyard was restructured and the transfer of jail at the Bridge of Sighs left more room for its reconstruction.
  • The Doge’s Palace became the center of attraction in the political life and administration of the Venetian Republic.
  • After the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, the structure started decaying.
  • Several amendments were made to preserve it and it became a public museum as a part of the Civic Museums of Venice network.

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By Vaporetti (Water bus): - From Lido di Venezia- To reach Doge’s Palace, you can either take Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop or Line 5.2 San Zaccaria stop. Each of these lines will take you to your ideal destination.

  • From Piazzale Roma- If you are traveling from Piazzale Roma, you can Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop, Line 2 Giardinetti stop, or Line 4.1 or 5.1 San Zaccaria stop to reach Doge’s Palace in Venice.
  • From Santa Lucia Railway Station- Visitors can take Line 1 Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop, Line 4.1 or 5.1 San Zaccaria stop, or Line 2 Giardinetti stop from Santa Lucia railway station to reach the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

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