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Family Review of Palazzo Ducale and Ponte dei Sospiri (Ducal Palace and Bridge of Sighs)

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • One of the city's iconic landmarks, the fabulously ornate pink and white marble palace is a fanciful mix of architectural styles. The doges,Venice's rulers for more than 1,000 years, lived and conducted business here until the last one left in 1797, thanks to Napoleon.
  • Kid favorites in the palace: Scala dei Giganti (Stairway of the Giants) and Sala del Maggior Consiglio (Great Council Hall) featuring Paradiso by Tintoretto, reputedly the world's largest oil painting. At least a few of the many brilliant works of art will awe kids, and of course there's the Bridge of Sighs, named for the hopeless souls taking their final walk to prison.
  • Older children will like the Itinerari Segreti (Secret Itineraries) guided tours that take visitors into areas inaccessible to others, such as the torture chambers (intriguing to adolescents). Those who saw the 2006 movie Casanova, with Heath Ledger, will be particularly interested as Casanova was imprisoned here—and really did escape. Book several days ahead as tours sell out.

Address:
San Marco, Piazza San Marco
Venice
Italy
Parking: Daily 9am-5pm (until 7pm Apr-Oct; ticket office closes 1 hr. earlier)
Price: Admission only on San Marco cumulative ticket


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 041-271-5911
Transportation: Vaporetto: San Marco
Price Information: Admission only on San Marco cumulative ticket
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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