There’s no need to stand in line for the top museums and palaces.
Most visitors to Venice want to see the well-known palaces and museums, and have to spend a lot of time standing in line to buy tickets, especially for the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) in St Mark’s Square. Not a lot of fun, especially on a hot day. But book ahead (like now!) and you can go right in. No waiting! Just choose one of the Skip the Line tours on the list at www.venice.nu/tips/tours/
These fascinating and informative tours get excellent reviews, which you can read before booking. But if you prefer to look around unguided, you can get entrance vouchers for the Palazzo online at the palazzoducale website and other ticket agencies. Another option on the day is to buy a Museum Pass from the much less crowded Correr Museum across the square. The pass gives access to most of the top sites in Venice including the Doge’s Palace. The toilets at the Correr are better too. It can be a long wait at the Palace!