List of Doges of Venice

Doge of Venice

Coat of arms
Ludovico Manin
Style His Serenity
Residence Palazzo Ducale
Appointer Serenissima Signoria
Formation 697
First holder Paolo L. Anafesto
Final holder Ludovico Manin
Abolished 12 May 1797

The following is a list of all 120 of the Doges of Venice ordered by the dates of their reigns which are put in parentheses.

For more than 1,000 years, the chief magistrate and leader of the city of Venice and later of the Most Serene Republic of Venice was styled the Doge, a rare but not unique Italian title derived from the Latin Dux. Doges of Venice were elected for life by the city-state's aristocracy. Commonly the person selected as Doge was one of the shrewdest elders in the city. The Venetian combination of elaborate monarchic pomp and a republican (though "aristocratic") constitution with intricate checks and balances makes "La serenissima" (Venice) a textbook example of a crowned republic.

Despite the great power given to them, the Venetian Doges were restricted by law (unlike the Doges of the Republic of Genoa) to spend the rest of their lives inside the Doge's Palace complex and St Mark's Basilica, occasionally leaving for diplomatic reasons.

7th century

8th century

Brief Interregnum (737–742) of duke magistrate equivalents (Latin: magister militum)[1]

Resumption of Office of Doge

9th century

10th century

11th century

12th century

13th century

14th century

The execution of Marino Faliero.

15th century

16th century

Andrea Gritti, reigned 1523–1538, portrait by Titian.

17th century

18th century

Carlo Ruzzini reigned 1732–1735, portrait by Gregorio Lazzarini.


  1. Ducalis Regia Lararium, 1659, Elogia P. D. Leo Matina
  3. "Battle of the Centuries." (Science Reference Services, Library of Congress). N.p., n.d. Web. 25 July 2016.
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