Explore four museums in the heart of Venice, including its most visited attraction: the Doge's Palace, a masterpiece of Gothic art and the seat of the government of the splendid and powerful Republic of Venice. This Combo Ticket includes the Doge's Palace, Museo Correr, Archaeological Museums and the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, all located on St. Mark's Square.
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Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice.
Tickets must be picked up at the Doge's Palace.
This reservation is made through an agency authorized by the official licensee of Venice Museums.
By selecting "audio guide", your visit to the Doge’s Palace will also include this service.
Audio guides are available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.
Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
- November 1 to March 31: 8:30am to 5:30pm
- April 1 to October 31: 8:30am to 7pm
Last access allowed 1 hour before closure.
Closed on December 25 and January 1.
Once a confirmation code has been assigned to your reservation we can refund the cost of unused tickets minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee) up to 2 days before the date of the visit.
No refund is possible for cancellations less than 2 days before the visit and for no shows.
The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) is a masterpiece of gothic art. And yet, a wide variety of architectural and ornamental elements contribute to its splendor, from ancient foundations built in the 1300s to the Renaissance additions including splendid manneristic details.
Your visit of the Doge's Palace begins by entering the palace complex through the Porta del Frumento intothe courtyard surrounded by the four wings. The small marble facade with the clock dates back to 1615. Two bronze wells from the middle of the 16th century are located in the center of the courtyard. The two oldest wings of the Doge's Palace present simple facades. The Renaissance wing shows rich decorations, including the Giant's Stairway, with the impressive statues of Mars and Neptune (sculpted by Sansovino in 1565), symbolizing the power of Venice on land and sea.
The staircase, conceived by Antonio Rizzo, is next to the arch built in the period of Doge Francesco Foscari. It is faced with Istria stone and red marble from Verona. The staircase leads to the Porta della Carta through the Foscari entrance hall, which is nowadays the visitors’ exit from the Doge's Palace. To the right of the stairway is the Cortile dei Senatori (16th century), where the senators would wait before government meetings. On the other side of this same wing the majestic Scala dei Censori (Censor's Staircase) leads to the upper floors of the Doge's Palace.
The Museo dell'Opera hosts ancient architectural pieces of the Doge's Palace, including the capitals that were substituted by copies in an important restoration effort in 1875. These precious sculptures decorated the medieval facades of the Doge's Palace with allegoric, religious, moral, and political statements.
The first floor, called Piano delle Logge, includes entrances to the east, south, and west wings. From here, you can enjoy splendid views of the courtyard and the Piazzetta San Marco. This floor hosts the offices of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Ambientali e Architettonici di Venezia and some offices of the direction of the Musei Civici Veneziani.
From here, your Doge's Palace visit proceeds to the Scala d'Oro (Golden Staircase) through the Renaissance wing. This wing hosted the offices of many magistrates. You will see some lions' mouths on the wall: citizens could place crime or embezzlement accusations into these. The messages would fall into a wooden box opened by the office to which they were addressed.
On this same wall you will also see two plaques. The first dates from the papacy of Urban V during the 1300s: It promises indulgences to whoever showed charity to prisoners. The other was created by Alessandro Vittoria to celebrate the 1674 visit of Henry III of France to Venice. Marble sculptures by Tiziano Aspetti decorate the access to the Scala d'Oro: one represents Atlas holding the heavens, the other Hercules killing the many-headed Hydra.
The apartments of the Doge are located in the palace area between the Rio della Canonica (the aquatic entrance to the Doge’s Palace), the Scala d'Oro and the apse of the Basilica di San Marco. A small but prestigious residence formed the basic nucleus of the apartments, while the rooms closest to the Scala d'Oro had the function of bridging the private life of the doge with his public duties. The doge retired to the private residence for dinner and to pass time with the members of his family at the end of the day.
Between the Piano delle Logge and the second floor lies the Atrio Quadrato (Square Atrium). This atrium leads to the Stanze Istituzionali (Institutional Rooms), where the political and administrative life of the Republic was conducted. The main branches of government worked here: the Maggior Consiglio (Great Council), the Senato (Senate), the Collegio (Cabinet), and the most important justice magistrates, from the Consiglio dei Dieci (Council of the Ten) to the Quarantie (Appeal Court). In all the rooms, the decorations celebrate the virtue of the State and its functions.
The Doge's Palace, seat of all government institutions of the Republic, included the justice department and the prisons. During the second half of the 1500s a new building was constructed on the other side of the river entirely dedicated to prison functions. The construction of these “New Prisons” had the purpose of improving the living conditions of the prisoners.
Following tradition, the walls, roof, and ceiling of each cell were coated with crossed larch wood layers. These New Prisons are one of the first examples of construction solely dedicated for use as a state prison.
Your itinerary then takes you to the two lower floors and the prison courtyard, where you will also see the ceramic collection found during the archaeological excavations in the area. Your visit then continues to the Ponte dei Sospiri and the Sala dei Censori.
The Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) was created in 1614 to connect the Doge's Palace to the New Prisons building. Two corridors separated by a wall form this famous closed and covered bridge. One corridor links the prisons to the Sale del Magistrato alle Leggi, the Sala della Quarantia Criminal, and to the noble floor of the palace. The other corridor joins the prisons to the Sale dell'Avogaria and the Parlatorio. Both corridors are connected to the stairs that lead from the Pozzi (the prisons below water level) to the Piombi (the prisons under the roof). The famous name of the Ponte dei Sospiri comes from the romantic era: leaving the tribunal of the Doge's Palace, the prisoners crossed the bridge to serve their sentence, sighing heavily as they caught a glimpse of freedom through the small windows.
The rooms of the Armeria host the museum of arms and ammunitions. Its nucleus dates back to the 16th century. During the Venetian Republic, the Armeria was under the protection of the Consiglio dei Dieci. It contained war instruments ready for use by the squires of the Doge's Palace, and the highly qualified and organized arsenalotti guards. Partially lost after the end of the Republic, the arms collection has today more than two thousand pieces.
The Museo Correr, one of the museums located on the Piazza San Marco, was born from Teodoro Correr's private collection, which he left to the city in 1830.The museum offers you the opportunity to experience important aspects of Venetian history and art. Most noteworthy is the painting gallery, with Venetian masterpieces mainly from the 14th to 16th centuries, the Neoclassical section with a collection of works by Canova, the precious historical institutional collections, studies of urban development, and of everyday life.
National Archeology Museum
It was the legacy of Cardinal Domenico Grimani which formed the core and starting point of the collections of the National Archeology Museum in Venice. The cardinal left the mostly Roman, but partly also Greek marbles and bronzes he had so far kept in Santa Chiara di Murano to the Serenissima in 1523. Through the centuries, the collections increased and changed location several times until the museum moved into its current seat in the former Royal Palace on the Piazza San Marco in 1924.
The core of antiquities collection is formed by statues. These were given to the museum by collectors and clerical organizations such as Federico Contarini (1538-1613), Zuanne Mocenigo (1531-1598), the monastery of San Giovanni di Verdada of Padua, and the Venetian collector Girolamo Zulian (1730-1795). Another important part of the exhibited works is formed by votives, relieves, and gravestones. Most of these originated in the Eastern Mediterranean, Attica, the Peloponnese, and islands (especially Crete), to which the Serenissima sovereignty and its commerce extended. The museum has also an important collection of antique ceramics and coins.
Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana library holds one of the greatest classical text collections in the world. The library's building was designed by Jacopo Sansovino, and was built and decorated between 1537 and 1560. The construction of the library had been ordered by the procuratori to adequately host the Greek and Latin codices left to the Republic of Venice by Cardinal Bessarion in 1468.
Today, besides about a million printed books, the Biblioteca Marciana contains about 13,000 manuscripts and 2,883 incunabula and 24,055 works printed between 1500 and 1600. There are many illuminated manuscripts. The library hosts precious manuscripts, such as the Breviario Grimani from the 16th century and the Fra' Mauro Mappamondo, Aldo Manuzio's ancient editions, as well as unique scores of operas by Francesco Cavalli, and sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.
The first floor of the library opens into a hall on the ceiling of which you will notice the painting La Sapienza (Allegory of Wisdom) by Titian. On the vaulted ceiling of the Library Room - a clear example of mannerism in Venice – you can admire twenty-one round paintings made by seven painters chosen by Titian and Sansovin, one of them being Paolo Veronese. Portraits of philosophers, some by Tintoretto and Veronese, decorate the walls.
"The Museums of Saint Mark's Square" Combo Ticket is valid for 3 months and grants one admission only to each museum.
November 1 to March 31: "The Museums of Saint Mark's Square" Combo Ticket
One single ticket valid for four museums:
- Doge’s Palace
- Museo Correr
- National Archaeological Museum
- Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
April 1 to October 31: San Marco Plus: The Museums of Saint Mark's Square Combo Ticket + 1 Civic Museum of your choice
Choose one among the following:
- Ca' Rezzonico - Museum of the 18th Century in Venice
- Palazzo Mocenigo - Textile and Costume Museum
- Birthplace of Carlo Goldoni
- Ca' Pesaro - International Gallery for Modern Art + Museum for Oriental Art
- Glass Museum (Murano)
- Lace Museum (Burano)
Categories of Tickets:
Full Price Ticket
- Residents of Venice and people born in Venice
- Children ages 0-5
- Persons with disabilities with caretaker
- Authorized guides
- Interpreters accompanying groups
- Group leaders (groups with at least 21 participants with prior bookings)
- I.C.O.M. members
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR GROUPS:
Groups numbering more than 40 must be subdivided.
When accompanied by a guide, groups of 10 to 40 people must use “whisper audio” equipment. The “whisper audio” equipment is available for hire at €1 per person, payable upon pick up. (There is no hire charge for those who have free admission to the Doge's Palace.)
When the audio equipment is collected, one adult member of the group must sign a form accepting responsibility for any possible loss or damage, and leave a valid I.D. at the desk (I.D. will be returned when the equipment is handed in at the end of the visit).
Groups with own “whisper audio” receivers can tune in on frequency 446 MHz.