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Wheelchair Accessibility at the Doge’s Palace in Venice

Venice Doge’s Palace Wheelchair Access – The Doge’s Palace is our favorite tourist attraction in Venice.  The art is magnificent and the audioguide does an excellent job of explaining the history of Venice as it unfolded here.   Disabled visitors to Venice should make it a priority during their stay.

Wheelchair access at Venice Doge’s Palace is possible by an accessible entrance and an elevator to get up to the upper floor.  The ticket office is not wheelchair accessible so you’ll need someone with you to go inside and purchase the tickets and rent the audio guide.  The interior courtyard of the Doge’s Palace has a large stairway that most tourists go up.  Wheelchair users will need to take an elevator instead.  A staff member will need to escort you to the elevator to the upper floor where all of the palace rooms are located.

The elevator leads up to two accessible Doge’s Palace upper floors.  You will need to use the same elevator to get between them.  Most of the rooms have step free access.  When you get to the upper floor, you will be going in the opposite direction as most of the tourists.  You will need to undo the rope shown in the pictures below to continue on your tour.  The armory and the Bridge of Sighs can only be reached by a flight of stairs.  A wheelchair accessible toilet is located on the ground floor and a rental wheelchair at Venice Doge’s Palace is available for visitors.

The Doge’s Palace is located on St. Mark’s Square and immediately next to St. Mark’s (San Marco) Basilica which is also accessible to disabled visitors.  There are several restaurants on square and many more in the back alleys.  The neighborhood is usually visited by taking the #1 or #2 accessible Venice Vaporetto route to reach the Venice Vallaresso boat dock.

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