The Doge's Palace is on every must see list for Venice and after visiting recently I can see why. Joined the long queue as soon as we arrived there, we had decided not to pre-book so we were at least 45 minutes waiting but it was shaded and the queue moved along steadily.
We purchased a family ticket. Audio guides are also available at an extra 5 euro, but make sure to bring a form of ID on the day. You also get issued a ticket for the Correr museum included in the price, so if you get to do both it's worth the price.
Once you leave the busy queue behind, it opens up into a lovely courtyard, on to the interior up the stairs into the main building, it is really quite breathtaking, the grandeur and scale is amazing. Most of your time will be spent staring up at the amazing artwork and ornate frames.
On to the the bridge of sighs, catching a glimpse of the view and on through to the prisons. It was a very enjoyable and interesting visit, easy to spend a few hours here so we were glad to see a cafe at the end which was very nice also.
Overall the Palace is well worth a visit, so if in Venice do make time to visit, we had no fixed itinerary for our trip but we were so delighted that we were able to visit.