THE MUSEO DELL'OPERA.
Here are conserved the original late Gothic columns and capitals from the ground-level portico and the loggia on the south and west sides of the Palace, replaced with reproductions in the second half of the XIXth century, following a grandiose restoration campaign. These works constitute one of the most suggestive examples for the appreciation of the art and the fantastic iconographic world of the Lombard and Veneto stonemasons who worked in Venice in the XIVth and XVth centuries.
The itinerary unfolds through the halls which were the seat of the organs of Government of the Republic: the Collegio, the Senate, the Council of Ten, the Maggior Consiglio. The splendid interior decoration, both majestic and scenographic, is the work of the major masters of Venetian painting, such as Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. The itinerary includes a visit to the Armoury.
THE DUCAL APARTMENT.
The Golden Staircase gives access to the Apartment of the Doges, where the Venetian Government imposed residence upon the highest authority and together the symbol itself of the State. The Apartment, located in a position which allowed both rapid horizontal and vertical connections with the most important places of the political life of the Palace, is decorated with splendid sculpted fireplaces and with canvases by the major artists of the Venetian school.
Connected to the sumptuous halls of the Palace through the Bridge of Sighs, the "New Prisons" embody the harsh and inflexible aspect of Venetian civilisation, its Justice. The itinerary leads to the discovery of these cramped places of detention, where graffiti by the ancient prisoners may still be seen.
THE SECRET ITINERARIES.
(Visit by appointment only with authorised guide). This itinerary unfolds in the areas of the Palace which were excluded from the opulent scenographic rituals of the Republic, where the anonymous daily work of the state burocracy took place. The itinerary, among other things, shows the rooms where the prisoners were interrogated and the torture chamber, and through a labyrinthian network of tortuous passages, leads down into the most secret meanders of the Palace.
DIRECTION OF THE DUCAL PALACE
Piazza San Marco, 1
Porta del Frumento (in front of the Bacino di San Marco)
1 November - 31 March from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM
1 April - 31 October from 9:00 AM through 7:00 PM
Open every day, including Saturday and Sunday.
Closed on January 1, December 25.
Ticket sales end one hour before Palace closing time.
CUMULATIVE TICKET DUCAL PALACE - CORRER MUSEUM
Lire I4.000 Full-price.
Lire 8.000 Reduced price for students age 14 - 28.
Reduction for two accompanying persons per class.
Italian senior citizens over age 60.
Lire 4.000. Special for students age 6 - 14, who pre-schedule their visit by appointment. Reduction for two accompanying teachers per class.
Lire 3.000.Special for foreign military in uniform.
Free. Children from age 0-6 . Bearers of handicap with accompanying person. Italian military in uniform. Senior citizens over age 60 resident in the City of Venice. Group-leaders, authorised guides, translators and interpreters accompanying a group.
Secret itineraries. Visit by appointment with authorised guide from 10:00 AM to I2:00 AM, closed Wednesday.
Lire I0.000. Full price. Lire 6.000. Reduced price for students age 6 - I4 and senior citizens over age 60 resident in Venice.
Rental service in 5 languages.
Guide, catalog, art books, art reproductions, giftware.
CAFETERIA AND BOOKSHOP
Same hours as the Palace.
Access with ticket to the Palace.
Line 1, stop at San Marco.
Line 52, stop at San Zaccaria.
Line 82, stop at San Zaccaria.
Line 14 (from Punta Sabbioni. Treporti) stop at Riva dei Schiavoni.
Line 6 (from Lido) stop at Riva dei Schiavoni.
History and Curiosity