| 

Make room for Palazzo Ducale in your trip to Venice


Days in
Venice

Visit Palazzo Ducale



Palazzo Ducale

+39 0415209070 Piazzetta San Marco

The palace of palaces, the centre of political and legislative power, the highest symbol of Venetian civilisation, and a motif in every veduta. Over a period of almost 1000 years, 120 Doges held the reins of Venice's destiny. The complex, which comprises three wings with lengths of between 70 and 100 m, was mainly given its present, Gothic form, in the 14th and early 15th centuries. The marble-clad façade alone, the lower areas of which are ornamented with countless delicate columns and arches, merits the greatest admiration. You should also make note of the beautiful sculptures "Adam and Eve", and "Noah's Drunkenness" on the corners of the south wing, and the charming scenes on each one of the dozens of column capitals. A tour of the inside of the Doge's palace is completely overwhelming. It starts opposite the Loggetta and the campanile with its High Gothic main door, the Porta della Carta, through which one enters the inner courtyard dominated by a double-storey triumphal arch, the Arco Foscari, and the Scala dei Giganti, which guards Jacopo Sansovino's statues of Neptune and Mars. Continuing on the tour, one encounters "wonder upon wonder", as the French statesman François de Châteaubriand, blinded by so much splendour, enthused. The most important painters of the 16th century, in particular Tintoretto, Titian and Paolo Veronese, were involved in decorating these rooms. Their paintings, the majority of which are extremely large-scale, depict the most important events in the city's history from the myths around its foundation to its great military victories. The most overpowering impression is created by the Sala del Maggior Consiglio, a room measuring 54 x 25 m, in which the Great Council with up to 1800 members voted for high-ranking officials and men of the Signoria. What most captivates the eye in this spectacular room is Tintoretto's painting of paradise on the front wall which, measuring 7 x 22 m, is the biggest painting on canvas in the world. The tour concludes by crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs to the New Prison.






Tourist favorites in Venice

Biblioteca Marciana

The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is a library and notable Renaissance style building. It is one of the earliest surviving public manuscript depositories in Italy, holding one of the greatest classical texts collections in the world. The library is named after St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice. The library was provided with a building designed by Jacopo Sansovino.
Read more
 

Zecca of Venice

The Palazzo della Zecca is a 16th century building which once housed the official government mint, or offices responsible for coining money. This building, rustic and robust in its external surface, stands in stark contrast to the ornately decorated Biblioteca Marciana next door. Both buildings were designed by Jacopo Sansovino. Today, the Zecca serves as the host of the contents of the library of the Biblioteca Marciana.
Read more
 

Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale) is a masterpiece palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city. Founded in 14th and 15th century, the castle, one of the most famous Vienna's cultural symbol, was the residence of the Doge, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923. Today, Palazzo Ducale is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. At the back of Doge's royal building showing the greatness of Venice stands St. Mark's Basilica .
Read more
 

St Mark's Campanile

St Mark's Campanile is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The tower is 98.6 m tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark's Square, near the front of the basilica. The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel. The campanile reached its present form in 1514.
Read more
 

Horses of Saint Mark

The Triumphal Quadriga or Horses of St Mark's is a set of bronze statues of four horses, originally part of a monument depicting a quadriga (a four-horse carriage used for chariot racing), which have been set into the facade of St Mark's Basilica, since the sack of Constantinople in 1204. The sculptures date from classical antiquity and have been attributed to the 4th century BC Greek sculptor Lysippos, although this has not been widely accepted.
Read more
 

Great hotels in Venice

Best Windows

Best Windows is one of the rare luxury town house suite accommodation in Venice, overlooking the St. Mark's Square. The entrance to Best Windows is right on St. Mark's Square, under the beautiful Clock Tower, historic symbol of Venice that stands in the liveliest part of the city. In close proximity to these Venice luxury accommodation, there are boutiques and fashion label shops, Murano glass shops and traditional Venice carnival mask workshops. For those who want to experience the romantic Venice immersed in luxury and refinement, the unique Best Windows offers all comforts, first quality services and an exclusive position to visit the city's beauties and treasures. Please Note: due to renovation works by the Fine Arts Superintendent, we regret to inform you that the view of Piazza San Marco from our windows is not guaranteed at the moment because a scaffolding has been installed in the external façade of this XV century building. Please Note: Official Classification of the Provincia di Venezia (administrative authority): Town House Suites 1st Category. Due to the typology and the level of services offered, Venere.com compares the property to a 3 star Hotel.
 

San Marco Palace - All Suites

Location. San Marco Palace - All Suites is a business-friendly apartment located in Venice's Venice City Center neighborhood, close to St. Mark's Basilica, National Library of St Mark's, and St. Mark's Square. Additional points of interest include Campo San Polo and San Samuele Square. Property Features. San Marco Palace - All Suites features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. This apartment has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, a meeting/conference room, and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Business services and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. Guestrooms. 26 air-conditioned guestrooms at San Marco Palace - All Suites feature minibars and safes. All accommodations have balconies. Bathrooms feature bidets, slippers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Satellite television is provided. Also included are windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains. A turndown service is available nightly, housekeeping is offered daily, and guests may request wake-up calls. The Lido, a slender, 11-kilometre-long island facing the Adriatic Sea lies a 15-minute water-bus ride east of historical Venice's centre. In summer it becomes the city's playground, when beaches and water sports draw visitors and Venetians alike. Year-round, visitors rent bicycles to explore the island, take horseback rides, and play golf, tennis, and volleyball. Deep-sea fishing is available in the Adriatic Sea. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
 

Best Venice Apartments

Best Venice Apartments created to offer our guests the dream of staying in the most luxurious apartments available in Venice, exclusively, all our property, equipped in the best quality way. Totally renewed and furnished with every design modern comfort: TV LCD, wifi, air conditioning, etc., these beautiful Venice apartments are the result of passion for their city of the old family Pavanato who commited to the best venetian designers to take care of progects and solutions to renew these wonderful examples of Venetian architecture.
 

Relais Piazza San Marco

The idea of a stay in Venice fascinates all travellers, but staying in Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square), one of the most charming spots in the world, seems like an impossible dream. The Relais Piazza San Marco Hotel offers a completely unique experience: an unforgettable vacation in the heart of the lagoon city, right in Piazza San Marco. This exclusive Venice property, housed in a fully refurbished four-storey period building (with elevator) overlooking the Basilica of San Marco, combines contemporary style with classic Venetian-style elements to provide a unique atmosphere. On-site amenities include an intimate lounge and breakfast room with delightful views over the Mercerie, the city's principle shopping street. Official Classification of the Provincia di Venezia (administrative authority): Town House Suites 1st Category. Due to the tipology and the level of services offered, Venere.com compares the property to a 3 star Hotel.
 

Hotel Concordia

Location. Located in central Venice, Hotel Concordia is steps from St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Square, and St Mark's Campanile. Nearby points of interest also include Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace. Hotel Features. This 4-star property offers a meeting/conference room, audiovisual equipment, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. For a surcharge, shuttle services include a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and an area shuttle. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Tour/ticket assistance and tour assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and currency exchange. Guestrooms. 50 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Concordia feature minibars and safes. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. LCD televisions have satellite channels. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls.
 



Why are you leaving?