On our recent visit to Venice, Italy, one of the top sights recommended to us was the Palazzo Ducale, or the Doge Palace. And, impressed we were! It’s hard to not be taken in awe of the magnificent architecture and the grandeur of the Palace. In the olden days, the Palace was the seat of the government and home of the Doge – the oldest and the highest political position in the Venetian republic.
A tour of the Palace takes you through the various wings of the Palace and also to the prison. The work on the ceilings is beautiful and for most part of your visit, you will be keeping your head up as you admire the work! The most interesting part of the visit for me (and for a lot of other tourists there), however, is the view of the famous Bridge of Sighs – the name arriving from the so-called sighs of the convicts who would catch the last glimpse of Venice before being led to the prison.
You could either chose to do a tour of the Palace on your own or through the aid of an audio guide, available on request near the entrance for 5 euros. You could also chose to do the Secret Itinerary Tour, which is a guided tour available at selected time slots. It takes you through the Doge’s Palace and covers some of the rooms and chambers, palace of prisoners and the Bridge of Sighs, offering an insight into how the Venetian administration worked.
The regular ticket is priced at 16 euros for adults and is a combination ticket that gives access to various Museums under the network. The Secret Itinerary Tour is priced at 20 euros for adults.
And, because the Palace was so beautiful, I thought I would take you on a photo tour inside the Palace! So, join in!
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