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Venice Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour - small group tour

Venice Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour - small group tour

During this Doge's Palace tour, you'll delve into a darker side of Venice. Visit torture chambers and even the prison cell of the beloved Casanova. Explore areas of the Palace where few are permitted. Plus, walk over the Bridge of Sighs.

  2 Hours    VenetoVenice   $90 Per Person


Duration: 2 hours

Type of Service: Venice Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour - small group tour

Are you looking for something different to do in Venice? If so, this Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour is for you. Enter areas of the palace that few are permitted to access. Delve into the darker side of Venice as our local guide takes you back in time with stories of crime, betrayal and the brutal legal system that once kept Venice in check. This two hour includes:
Meet your guide outside Doge's Palace. Before skipping the line to enter, admire the building’s exterior and learn about its history, St. Mark’s Square and the city of Venice. The Doge's Palace, or Palazzo Ducale in Italiano, is a perfect example of Venetian Gothic architecture in Venice. Once home to the Doge when the city was a Republic, the palace sits next to St. Mark's BasilicaThe interior of the Doge's Palace is grand to say the least. Inside you’ll find marble fireplaces, friezes and stucco adorning the walls. Some works of art stand out over the rest and our guide will lead you straight to them. As you walk into a bright courtyard in the middle of the palace's apartments, the grandeur is overwhelming. Then, through a secret door, access an area restricted to the general public. It is here that the your Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries adventure begins.

Visit the small wet detention cells, called wells, or pozzi. Taking a closer look, our guide will point out drawings and writings on the walls that help tell the story of those kept prisoner in these dark and damp conditions. Then, take a small stairway nearby to two rooms that once housed members of the Council of Ten who governed the Republic of Venice from 1310-1797. Then, see the Office of the Great Chancellor, the man in charge of Venice's General Archives.

Next is the Doge's Palace torture chamber.  Also known as the Chamber of Torment, the room is directly linked to the prisons. Inside, learn about the common methods of torture used during interrogation. Next door, you'll find more prison cells called piombi These cells weren’t quite as gruesome as the pozzi found on the lower levels - piombiheld political prisoners and those serving only short prison terms. One man, however, kept in both in the pozzi and the piombi, was the Italian adventurer and author, Giacomo Casanova. Visit his cell and learn about his fascinating story.

The Bridge of Sighs, or Ponte dei Sospiri, connects the Doge's Palace interrogation chamber to the new prison cells. Linking freedom with incarceration, the prisoners were walked across this bridge before spending years or even the remainder of their lives behind bars. If that wasn’t enough to sigh about, the small windows carved into the bridge offered convicts their last glance of beautiful Venice.

At the end of your Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries tour, you may either stay inside Doge's Palace and explore more in your own time, or return to St. Mark's Square.

Things to Know:

  • 2-hour small group tour (15 people or less)
  • English-speaking local tour guide
  • Visit Casanova's Cell and the Chamber of Torment
  • Enter secret rooms in Doge's Palace
  • Skip the line Doge's Palace tickets
  • Tour is offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • Tour is offered March - November
  • Tour is offered at 1:10pm / Check in at 12:55pm
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes

Pricing & Booking

The cost for tour with an English-speaking guide to include skip-the-line museum access and online registration fees/admission is $90.00 per person.

The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

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