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Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

St. Mark's Square | 31024 Venice
Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Photo info
Nino Barbieri/Wikimedia Commons
  • Type: Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Views from the Venetian Lagoon give the Doge's Palace an ethereal look -- almost like it's floating on top of water. But it's fitting, as the Doge's Palace (or Palazzo Ducale) has witnessed an intriguing history in its role as the residence of the doge (leader), the seat of government and the palace of justice. Everything from execution orders to the affairs of Venetian leaders was carried out here; and a web of secret passageways and hidden doors reveals a decidedly mysterious past.

You can take tour the Venetian gothic building for free with your Museum Pass, but recent travelers highly recommend springing for a ticket to the Secret Itineraries tour. Filled with all the juicy details of the building, the city's significance and a trip around the palace's secret passageways, rooms and doors, the tour gives a detailed and interesting picture of the Doge's Palace's history.

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