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April 12 2014
DOGE'S PALACE OF VENICE
San Marco 1, 30124 Venice Entrance for the public: Porta del Frumento, Piazzetta San Marco Tel. ++39 0412715911 Fax ++39 0415285028 A masterpiece of Gothic Architecture, the Doge's Palace is an accumulation of layer upon layer of building work and ornamentation, comprising the original foundations, the fourteenth/fifteenth-century structure, sizeable Renaissance additions and opulent Mannerist details. The structure is made up of three large blocks that incorporate previous constructions. The wing looking out towards St. Mark's Basin (and containing the Hall of the Great Council) is the oldest, and was rebuilt from 1340 onwards. The wing towards the Piazza (formerly known as the Court Rooms) contains the Sala dello Scrutinio and was built in its present form from 1424 onwards. The canal-side wing, housing the Doge's apartments and many of the offices of government, dates from the Renaissance and was built in the period 1483-1565. The public entrance to the Doge's Palace is via the Porta del Frumento [Forage Gateway], so-called because the "Fodder Office" was located nearby; this is approached through the colonnade under the fourteenth-century waterfront facade. On the ground floor are located the public services and the Museum of the Palace Fabric; what used to be the palace kitchens are now partly occupied by the Cafeteria and also by a space for temporary exhibitions. At the moment, there is an exhibition concerning the restoration of the mechanisms of the clock in the old Clock Tower, which includes original wooden sculptures. The visit to the upper floors starts in the extraordinary courtyard, from where you pass up to the Loggia on the first floor (where the Doge's Apartments are located) and then to the Institutional Chambers, which are spread over the first and second floor. The visit concludes with the Palace Armoury and Prisons. Opening times 1.XI-31.III 9-17 (Ticket office 9-16); 1.IV-31.X 9-19 (Ticket office 9-18); Closed on 25th December and 1st January Tickets Single ticket THE MUSEUMS OF ST MARK'S SQUARE A single ticket valid for Doge's Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana full price 12,00 euro reduced 6,50 euro E.U. children aged 6 to 14; escorts (max. 2) for groups of children; E.U. students* aged 15 to 29; escorts (max. 2) for groups of students; E.U. citizens over 65; staff* of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; holders of the "Rolling Venice Card" Family Offer For families of two adults and at least two children: one ticket full price, the others reduced. School Offer 5 euro per person (VALID FROM 1 SEPTEMBER TO 1 MARCH) For classes of pupils from all levels of schools accompanied by their teachers; a list of names must be supplied by the school Free entrance Venetian residents; children aged 0-5; disabled people with escort; authorised guides; interpreters accompanying groups; group-leaders (groups of at least 21 people with prior bookings); I.C.O.M. members. * I.D. required Museum Pass The Museum Pass is the cumulative ticket for alla the Civic Museums currently open and for those connected. This Ticket is valid for 6 months and grant only one admission to each Museum. TELEPHONE BOOKINGS - call centre 041 5209070, from 9am-6pm (Mon-Fri) and 9am-2pm (Sat). This service is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.For such pre-booked tickets there is a supplementary charge of 1 euro. If this is a group booking (for more than 21 people), the head of the group receives a free ticket ( Payment with credit card: bookings accepted up to 24 hours before the visit. Payment with bank order: bookings accepted up to five working days before the visit ). TICKET DESKS - All ticket desks sell the Museum Pass, the Museum Card, single tickets (where available) for the individual museum and exhibition tickets. Same-day booking possible, depending on the places available.
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