Palazzo Ducale

Picture it.

Must-Do's Venice Published on 25 July 2018

The light but looming facade of the Palazzo Ducale as you arrive in Venice by boat. It’s an image the city’s visitors have taken in for centuries! The Doge’s Palace (as it is known in English) was the seat of the Venetian Republic for centuries. Now a museum, it houses the Doge’s chambers, state rooms, courts, and prison cells – and epitomises Venetian culture.

Highlights: The Porta della Carta, the main entrance, is considered a perfect example of Venetian Gothic architecture. The Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) links to the prison, and offered one last view of freedom before a grim fate. Also, don’t miss Tintoretto’s Paradise, in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio.

Time to Explore: About 3 hours

Top Tips: Check out the Secret Itineraries Tour! Also, passports are requested upon entry.

What’s Close? The Piazza di San Marco, the Basilica San Marco, the Campanile San Marco, the Torre dell’Orologio, the Museo Correr, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, and the Riva degli Schiavoni.

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