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Palazzo Ducale
Palazzo Ducale

Palazzo Ducale

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Castle or Palace
Ranked #9 in Venice things to do
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San Marco 1 Venice, Italy 30124
+39 041 271 5911
http://palazzoducale.visitmuve.it/
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Since 1340, the Palazzo Ducale has been a prominent symbol of Venice's political and administrative life. Located next to the Basilica di San Marco, the structure has been destroyed and rebuilt ... Read more
multiple times and overseen by a number of Dogi. The palazzo holds a valuable collection of 14th and 15th century art, as well as a massive weapons and armory collection.

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Minot, North Dakota, USA

Beautiful, mesmerizing, inspiring.
Crowded, busy, a little commercialized
Something not to miss despite the crowd

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Foster City, California, USA

The Doge's Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, a beautiful building and great paintings inside.

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Brooklyn, New York State, USA

This is a beautiful structure next to the Basilica de San Marco there is so much history here!

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Padua, Italy

The Doge's Palace is one of the landmarks of the city. It is a palace built in Gothic style and has been the residence of the Doge of Venice since 800. Surely it is a must see in Venice.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

It's a really famous exterior, part of the piazza if you're in the area. Beautiful, shows up in artwork.

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Pleasant Hill, California, USA

The Palazzo Ducale, built in Venetian Gothic style, was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. It opened as a museum in 1923. The regular tour of the Doge's Palace is interesting enough. Within this Complex's Gothic civic architecture, every stone, passageway and artwork seemed to evoke the power that the former Venetian Republic wielded. That of course included the Ponte dei Sospiri or Bridge of Sighs ... the final walk of prisoners across the water to what was most likely their end.

To dig a little deeper, Erin, Jim, Gayle and I took the Itinerari Segreti del Palazzo Ducale (the secret tour of the Doge's Palace). What this told me was that for every big public room, there were hidden passageways and concealed rooms where justice was served in a much more private and efficient way. No pictures were allowed, but many of us snapped a few anyway.

Some of the hidden sights that we saw included various tiny and inhospitable prison cells (including the one from which notorious lover Giacomo Casanova made his escape), the Office of the Notaio Ducale (Doge's secretary), the Cancelleria Segreta (Secret Chancellery). the Torture Room, the roof crawl space of the Palace itself, the Inquisitor's Room (where a shadowy 3 person tribunal ordered death to those who would steal state secrets or other sometimes arbitrary crimes), and other tidbits of Venice history. The ceiling murals were particularly impressive, but only put lipstick on a justice pig that was swift and brutal.

So....If you happened to be wandering around the Piazza San Marco, please take the time to explore beyond the facade, including the Palazzo Ducale. there are layers and layers of history here and even a small taste is well worth the admission fee and any wait.

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Menlo Park

not to be missed....breathtaking, and massive. right in San Marcos Square, home of the Doge, and next to San Marcos Bascillica.

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Cocoa, Florida

The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) was created for the ruler of the Republic of Venice. The Doge was the elected leader of Venice, and once elected the Doge ruled for life. The Palace is next to St Mark's Cathedral. While in the Palace, make sure you visit the Palace jail. We were told that the infamous Casanova was a prisoner here, but was one of the few who made a successful escape.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

Another iconic symbol of Venice, The pictures just don't do it justice. The architecture is completely breathtaking.

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New York City, New York State, USA

An incredible site with a rich history. Be sure to visit the museum and the courtyard!

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Bucharest, Romania
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Ever since Venice was founded, up to when it became a Republic, the Doge's Palace, hosting the doge, the Venetian leader, was constructed as the political, religious and cultural heart of the city. The spectacular Palazzo was always intended to impress its visitors upon arrival unto Piazza di San Marco, given it's a splendid combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. I took an in-depth tour with Walks of Italy, that provided VIP Access to the secret passages of the palace, such as the secret archives and wooden offices, torture chambers and the palace’s attic, home to restricted prison cells, including that of the famed Casanova. The tour also provided access to the top terrace of the Basilica di San Marco, all within an intimate group of 12 people. Highly recommend it!

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Longmont, Colorado, USA

The Doge's Palace was the most interesting place we visited in Venice. I enjoyed the maps of Venetian territory and the paintings of Venetian victories over the Ottoman Empire and the sack of Constantinople. The Golden Staircase reminds me of Versailles.

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Beirut, Lebanon

This must be on your Top-5 Must-see sights because it's really breathtaking. I even liked its interiors more than Chateau Versailles in Paris, specially the golden Staircase, the armors room, and the vast chambers without a single pillar. The prison section is as interesting as the palace. This museum would take about 3 hours and it's definitely worth the visit.

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San Francisco, California

Or "Dodges" (Duke's) palace...highly recommended -- the bridge of sighs is a must!

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San Francisco, California, USA
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The Palazzo Ducale (or Doge's Palace) was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the top boss during the days of the Republic of Venice. Located in St. Mark's Square, it's one of the most prominent buildings visible while going down the Grand Canal, mostly because it's completely flooded by tourists (no pun intended).

Constructed between the 14th and 15th centuries, it houses many room of beautiful art, including one with giant maps of the world as they knew it. The grand courtyard is beautiful, with two floors overlooking each of its facades. The prison area was interesting, particularly since one can see the entrance to the canal under the Ponte dei Sospiri from one of the windows, offering a strange duality between Renaissance-era imprisonment and onlookers of one of the world's most romantic bridges.

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Tarzana

Amazing rooms, great collections.buy Venetian card that include free visit to some museum incl this palace. See jail where Casanova spent time

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Napa, California, USA

The Doge's Palace is one of the most famous places in Venice. It's beautiful, and the bulding and the structures there are more appealing to me than the artwork there.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait

Gorgeously

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Edmonton

Walking through this palace was amazing. The artwork is breathtaking.

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Bedford

When one thinks of Venice this image is probably the first to come to mind.

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