The Doge's Palace was the residence of the Doge with his private chambers, the seat of government with administrative offices and the Court with the state prisons in the attic (Piombi - the notorious lead chambers) and downstairs (bozzi).
The construction works of the current building began in the 14th century. Its Gothic façade turns all basic rules of architecture upside down, because the lighter, airy part, portico and loggia, grows out of the ground, so to speak, while the heavier part, raises and supports the walls.
Now the Doge's Palace is a museum. Here you can admire, besides the rather simple style lead chambers in which scorched Casanova (and escaped), the magnificent splendor of the palace and feel the ancient grandeur of the Serenissima.
• 1st April - 31 October 8.30 - 19.00
• 1st Nov - 31 March 8.30 - 17.30
• Closed on 25th of December and 1st of January.
Ticket office closes 1 hour earlier
Access at the Porta del Frumento, Piazzetta San Marco
Admission: € 16 -
Reduced: € 8 - for children (6-14), students (15-29) and seniors (65)
Children 0-5: free (Venetians too) and Disabled
San Marco 1
Tel: +39 041 2715911 (local prefix (0) must be dialed)