Hello, I would like to visit the doge's Palace on my October trip to Venice and I have a question about tickets in the age of COVID. The palace website only lets you buy 10 tickets at a time and mentions you have to be a guide. Obviously not for the regular traveler. The other option is a timed combo ticket with the San Marcos museum for 26 euros. Is it possible to just buy a ticket to the doge's Palace at the door? I'm not staying long in Venice and would prefer not to buy combo ticket to San Marcos museum as I want to spend most of my time outside walking around. Thank you!!
An option you may want to look into is booking a 'Walks of Italy' tour in Venice. They have (or had, pre-COVID) different ones which combine Doges Palace and San Marco Basilica, and a behind-the-scenes' look/itinerary for Doges. We did the former and found it time and money well spent; as the tour includes entry into venue/s, and is hosted by a knowledgable guide. What we also found beneficial was not having to wait in general entry line (~60-min estimate), with the tour you walk right past and can save that time and energy on other sites.
I haven't taken the Secret Itineraries tour at the Doge's Palace, but it gets a lot of positive comments on this forum. I think you can buy a single ticket for that tour and avoid standing in the long ticket line. However, in the pre-COVID era the Secret Itineraries tours sold out far in advance, and it may already be too late to get October tickets.
The Secret Itineraries tour is fantastic
Takes about 1 hour, 15 min
Afterwards you are free to visit Doges as long as you like
Not sure if you have the time to commit to the tour and then more time in Doges but it could be an option if available
28 euros, small group
Thank you everyone!! Looks like one of the tours is the way to go. I did find out that there isn't a ticket just to the Doge's Palace online. You only have the option to buy the St. Mark's combo ticket for @ 26 Euro (including internet transaction fee).