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Doge's Palace

Welcome to one of Europe’s richest and most unique stately palaces. Venice was once known as the 'Most Serene Republic' and was the greatest sea power in the Mediterranean of its time. Though the city itself is small, its power and influence stretched well over the horizon to the Ottoman Empire and Asia.

The nerve center of this vast political and military entity was the Doge’s Palace itself, home to the city’s supreme authority, the courts that mandated law, as well as a series of prisons for its worst offenders. The palace is a rich mix of architectural styles that has been coined Venetian Gothic. Whether it's the subtle Byzantine and Islamic influences or the mesmerizing iconography it hosts, an aura of mystery surrounds its lace-like facade.

Inside you will explore over 1,000 years of Venice’s history and uncover the intriguing stories that lay silent in halls decorated in the finest art of its day, including masterpieces by Tintoretto and Titian. City Wonders takes you inside to discover its treasures on our Best of Venice and Doge’s Palace and Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries tours.

Opening hours

 Doge's Palace

  • 2nd November to 25th March from 8:30 to 17:30
  • 26th March to 1st November from 8:30 to 19:00


  • When can I cancel a booking?

    On tours cancelled more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund. For tours cancelled less than 72 hours before scheduled departure time, we are unable to offer refunds. Instead we suggest that customers reschedule their tour for another time more convenient for them.

  • When can I make a amendment to a booking?

    Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.

  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

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