Doges Palace – this was a stop I insisted on when Jenn and I visited Venice. I have to say my daughter did not appreciate this one as much as I did. I wanted to see the Bridge of Sighs and the prisons. It took a lot of walking through rooms that did not piqué our interest (we are not museum/history buff people) to find them but we finally did. I was right, they were OLD, really interesting and worth seeing. Here is the view from the Bridge of Sighs, the bridge you cross to get to the prison….
Here is the prison…
We did get lost on our way out (it can be a little confusing) but not too bad. We found this cool square….
We finally found our way out, only to get lost in Venice!
If you are planning a trip to Doges Palace in the summer months, I suggest you buy the tickets before you leave. In the middle of July with lines everywhere, we walked up showed our passes and were admitted. We were there for anywhere from ½ hour – 45 minutes. For those of you who enjoy history and art, you will probably want to stay longer and may want to take a tour. For those of you who are like us….shopping, beach, restaurant people who want a bit of culture, I suggest you go see the dungeons and the Bridge of Sighs and skip the rest.
Kids: Young Kids will enjoy walking around the dungeons, older kids will enjoy dungeons and Bridge. You may want to read up on Casanova so you have a story to tell them before they enter the dungeons. Visiting this site would also be a great way to wear out the kids, especially on a rainy day. (did I really just write the “r” word while talking about vacation?) There are steps – lots of them, I think the elevators are only for the handicapped but check before you go to see if a stroller qualifies you to take the elevator.