|Doge's Palace Venice Tourist Information||| Print ||
|Written by Katia Malvina|
|Saturday, 29 June 2013 12:56|
A historically rich and unusual city located on a series of islands, Venice has always drawn a huge interest by tourists. Instead of streets crowded with cars you will find countless canals and fine bridges. And of course, Renaissance legacy is the main value of Venice. Every building has been made into and exudes a sophisticated style. However, this blog post will focus only on one yet truly amazing site to visit - Doge's Palace - a remarkable, historic residence in Saint Mark's Square and a true gem for travelers who are particularly interested in history and the arts.
For those, who do not know the meaning of "doge", it is worth explaining that the doges were Venetian rulers and the palace functioned as their official residence. Originally, the palace was built in the 9th century but the current appearance was created in the 14th and 15th century. At the beginning of the 20th century (1923) the palace was turned into a museum and was opened for regular visitors and the general public.
While exploring Doge's Palace, be ready for a rather time-consuming visitation since the palace consists of three floors each of which offers plenty of decorated rooms and apartments. Some examples include the Scarlet Chamber, the Erizzo Room, the Shield Hall with the Philosopher's Room, the Equerries Room, the "Scudo" Room and many others. In several rooms you will be able to see the artwork of some of the best Renaissance painters e.g. Tintoretto and Titian. You should also visit the Old Prisons.
From these cells the famous Giacomo Casanova once escaped. The Bridge of Sighs links the palace with the New Prison. Why such a name for the bridge? The story here is rather sad yet interesting since the bridge gained its name because it was known as the last place from where the convicts were able to see freedom for the last time prior to their execution.
Several remarkable sightseeing highlights will await you outside as well: Foscari Arch with its amazing sculptures and spires made by Antonio Rizzo, Porta della Carta (decorated gothic style gate) and Fillipo Calendario's arcade statues.
Getting to Doge's Palace: Speaking of practical information, you should know that this museum and pretty much all the Venice is not too well suited to get around by car. However, if that's your plan - better leave the vehicle in one of the car parks that are available in Piazzale Roma. There is another car park before this square called Tronchetto Car Park. Your best bet would be to arrive by train. From other cities of Italy the Santa Lucia Railway Station is easily reached and since it is centrally located you can just take one of the water taxis (more known as vaporettos) which function as public transport. Line 1, Line 2, Line 5.1 or Line 4.1 will get you to Doge's Palace.
Doge's Palace Hours of Operation
During the period from April to October the opening hours are from 8:30 am to 7 pm, but in the off season from November to March the opening hours are a bit shorter - from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
The full ticket price is 16 euro and with it you can access not only Doge's Palace but also Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Reduced ticket (for children, students and retirees) costs 8 euro. For more unusual experience it is also possible to book a secret itinerary, which will cost you 20 euro (reduced price - 14 euro).
Photo Attribution - Author: Andrew Balet / Source: Wikipedia Commons