Duration: 2 hours
Type of Service: Venice Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour - small group tour
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