The Doge’s Palace: The Most Serene Republic

Venice, Italy

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The Doge’s Palace, covered with the paintings of the greatest Masters of the Venetian school, is an exaltation of Venice, the mirage of the Adriatic that developed from a safe haven for lagoon dwellers to a maritime Empire that tamed the sea from East to West. Turn back the clock to the sublime days of La Serenissima and discover the Doge’s Palace!


  • The Entrance / Porta del Frumento

    1. The Entrance / Porta del Frumento

    Venice mushroomed into an immense city for the European standards of the 13th century. Trade expansion was an issue of survival!
  • Scala dei Giganti

    2. Scala dei Giganti

    The Coronation of the new doge was a magnificent spectacle that culminated at the foot of the iconic staircase of the giants. Can you recognize who are the two gods depicted?
  • Doge Girolamo Priuli by Tintoretto

    3. Doge Girolamo Priuli by Tintoretto

    Being a Doge also required wearing the ducal horn, the special ducal hat, which might be somewhat funny but was one of the most expensive items in the Doge’s wardrobe!

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Address Palazzo Ducale San Marco,1 30135 Venezia Entrance for the public: Porta del Frumento
Starting point Porta del Frumento
Finishing point Porta della carta

The ticket is not included in the price of this tour.

Areas Courtyard, scala dei giganti, Scala d’Oro, Senate hall, sala del magior consiglio, sala del collegio, armory, prisons, ponte dei sospiri, porta della carta
Opening hours From April 1st to October 31st: Sundays to Thursdays 8.30 am – 9 pm (last admission at 8.30 pm) Fridays and Saturdays 8.30 am – 11 pm (last admission at 10.30 pm) From November 1st to March 31st: 8.30 am – 7.00 pm (last admission at 6.30 pm)
Additional admission Ticket full price: 25,00 euro
Directions to Starting Point VAPORETTI From Piazzale Roma: Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 2 Giardinetti stop; Line 5.1 or Line 4.1, San Zaccaria stop From Santa Lucia Railway Station: Line 1, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 2 Giardinetti stop; Line 5.1

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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