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8 reviews of Palazzo Ducale in English
this is a must see place if on holiday in venice. along with the rest of venice the palace has amazing architecture and stunning artwork within. the main hall is the highlight of the palace but unfortunately no photos are allowed to be taken within the building. still brilliant though, check it out!!
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I thought this palace was the highlight of Venice. Boards in each of the rooms relay historical points in English as well as Italian and they offer a fab discount for under 25s.
My favourite part was seeing the various council rooms and learning about the complicated political structure of Venice in days gone by. The other part I loved was visiting the prisons which are accessed across the famous bridge of sighs.
I easily managed to while away a couple of hours wandering around the palace and it certainly beat queuing in the scorching heat to enter St Marks' Basilica.
Expect to pay just under £14 for an adult and £7.50 for an under 25 from the EU or student. Audio guides were pretty expensive so we skipped that part and discovered the palace at our own pace.
We bought Venice Cards online prior to arriving, and entry to the Doge’s Palace is included on it. The day we went it was raining like the sky had been told it would never get the chance to rain again and was going to give rain a bloody good send off.
The result of this is that is was pretty quiet, very few tourists about and a heavy sense of foreboding moodiness.
The palace is, well, palatial. And after you’ve seen a few of the immense, extravagantly designed rooms, it gets a bit much seeing one after another after another and personally I found myself getting a bit bored. I’m sure if you have a tour it’s loads more interesting. The Bridge of Sighs was also a bit of a disappointment and the one on Cambridge is actually much prettier but obviously has a bit less significant history attached to it.
n.b. You can only get in to the palace with a multi-entrance ticket.
If you visit Venice this is the one place that I would say you should definitely visit.
The palace itself is beautiful and there’s so much to see that you could easily spend a whole day just looking around it. Unfortunately I didn’t have long in Venice and there was so much that I wanted to see so I only spent a couple of hours in the Palace.
The palace itself is beautiful and so full of history. I like to learn a lot about the places that I visit and just visiting the palace told me so much about Venice.
I really enjoyed my visit.
Stunning place, in a stunning setting,evokes history at every turn. Take the normal tour or for a more in depth tour which takes in the attics and other rarely seeen places take the Secret Tour. if you book onlkine you can bypass any queues and go staight inside to meet your guide. Well worth doing at peak periods. The setting on the lagoon is awe inspiring and an unforgettable sight.
I’ll be completely honest, even at the risk of sounding like a blonde idiot - I have seen this building SO MANY times in films and even in Vegas [granted, that one was small and made of cardboard and plaster]... that it was VERY hard to believe that THIS IS REAL.
It’s actually MUCH more beautiful and impressive in life than on film. I don’t have to say -GO SEE IT, because you will not be able to avoid it. :)
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lizok, 7 October 2008:
With only 3 days in Venice, it’s hard to know where to start, but we headed for the Palais des Doges (Palazzo Ducale) and were not disappointed. Visiting in late March, there were no queues either.
As you arrive in Venice, it is one of most imposing buildings that you can see rising out of the water and unmistakably the city’s most famous building and a representative symbol of Venice’s culture.
We spent a lot of time here, which is quite easy to do, but it’s unfortunate that you are not allowed to take pictures in some areas. Seeing the Bridge of Sighs and going across it was fabulous.
Don’t forget the two columns outside, where they would behead people and then dump them in the canals!
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