The Doge Palace

Monuments - San Marco Area

The Doge's Palace, Venice, has façades which date from 1309-1424, designed by Giovanni and Bartolomeo Buon. The palace, started in the ninth century, several times rebuilt, and completed in the Renaissance period, forms part of that great scheme of town-planning which was carried out through successive centuries.

The façades, with a total length of nearly 152 m (500 ft), have open arcades in the two lower storeys, and the third storey was rebuilt after a fire in the sixteenth century, so as to extend over the arcades. This upper storey is faced with white and rose-coloured marble, resembling ornate windows and finished with a lace-like parapet of oriental cresting.

The arcade columns, which originally stood on a stylobate of three steps, now rise from the ground without bases, and the sturdy continuous tracery of the second tier of arcades lends an appearance of strength to the open arches. The capitals of the columns, particularly the angle capital which was eulogised by Ruskin in The Stones of Venice, are celebrated for the delicate carving in low-grained marble.

The whole scheme of columned and pointed arcades, with its combination of carved capitals and long horizontal lines of open tracery, is of that unique design which can only be termed Venetian Gothic.

Opening Hours:
From 8:30 am to 7:00 pm ( last admission 6:00 pm)
On Friday and Saturday( summer season from May to October)  the Doge'd Palace is open until 11:00 pm with last admission at 10:00 pm

Tickets and PASS:
ST. MARK’S SQUARE MUSEUMS TICKET: combine 1 Single entry at Doge's Palace plus itinerary of Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. 
  • Adult € 20.00 
  • Children 6 to 14 years old € 13.00
  • Free 0/5 years

SECRET ITINERARIES OF DOGE'S PALACE TOUR: The tour must be booked in advance 
  • Adult € 20.00 
  • Children 6 to 14 years old and seniors aged 65 or more € 14.00
  • Free 0/5 years

Cà Rezzonico – Museum of 18th-Century Venice; Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo; Carlo Goldoni’s House; Cà Pesaro, International Gallery of Modern Art + Oriental Art Museum; Glass Museum – Murano; Lace Museum – Burano; Natural History Museum
  • Adult  € 24.00  
  • Children 6 to 14 years old and seniors aged 65 or more € 18.00
  • Free 0/5 years

 What you will see at Doge's Palace:

  • The Opera Museum
  • The Courtyard 
  • The Doge's Apartment
  • Institutional Halls
  • Prisons
  • Armory