- 1.25-hour guided Doge's Palace tour with skip-the-line entrance ticket
- Tour the beautiful public rooms and see Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese
- Learn about the doges of Venice, who ruled the city for a thousand years
- Enjoy exclusive access to the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once held
- Walk across the Bridge of Sighs to explore the New Prisons
Recent Photos of This Tour
- Torture private hangingsPhoto by: Kathryn B
- The bridge of Sighs Ponte dei ...Photo by: Kathryn B
- Typical cell in Doges cells.Photo by: Kathryn B
- Aga, Super StorytellerPhoto by: Alison P
- View from the Bridge of SighsPhoto by: Jacqueline B
- 20160421_044930Photo by: Jennifer W
- Room with hidden doorPhoto by: lee
- Magnificent ceiling artPhoto by: lee
- Inside the palace cafeteriaPhoto by: onniv
- Inside the palacePhoto by: onniv
- CourtyardPhoto by: Jeffrey C
- Secret PassagePhoto by: Jeffrey C
- Torture Chamber Doges PalacePhoto by: Jeffrey C
- Tintoretto MasterpiecePhoto by: Jeffrey C
- A prisoner's wordsPhoto by: Art K
- Doge great hallPhoto by: Gary P D
- Doge Palace roomsPhoto by: Gary P D
- a view from the Bridge of ...Photo by: Gary P D
- on the secret tourPhoto by: Gary P D
- Inside the courtyardPhoto by: Gary P D
What You Can Expect
Wander through awe-inspiring public rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with gilded carvings, murals and opulent décor. Your guide will point out Renaissance masterworks by painters Tintoretto and Veronese, including the famous ceiling fresco Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice. See the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten and learn how this room was used to dispatch the fearsome secret service to investigate traitors of the republic.
Ascend to the attic and step inside the secretive chambers of the Piombi prison — a network of cells directly beneath the palace’s lead roof that was generally reserved for upper-class inmates and political prisoners. Let your imagination run wild in this part of the palace that is rarely open to the public, and hear how the legendary Venetian lover Casanova was imprisoned here and later made a daring escape.
This tour was great! Anna was very entertaining and informative.
Super knowledgeable tour guide on the particulars and history of the Palace and Venice. Entrance to Doge's Palace is ahead of official opening to the line that began wrapping around the entrance. Our group was a dozen or so people.
A look and historical information on the nuances of the palace and prisons. Free time after allows for actual going crossing within the Bridge of Sighs not part of the tour but part of your entrance ticket to the palace and absorbing the remainder of the huge property. As an FYI , this is more about the secrets not the well known portions - i.e. does not show/explain the Golden Staircase or some of the important parts of the palace itself.
Our guide, Marie Therese, was very good - informative but not in a dry way - she was a lot of fun. It was great to get to see the parts of the Palace which you wouldn't see ordinarily old prisons, Casanova's cells, administration rooms and also meant that we were able to skip the queue to get in. We arrived early at the meeting point which was very easy to find. We were given our audio bits and were then allowed into the palace to wait for the rest of the tour. It was a small group, around 15 of us, which was just right. After the tour we were able to look around the rest of the Palace at our leisure, walking over the Bridge of Sighs and seeing all the formal rooms and the new prison. My only complaint would be that the audio equipment did not work too well for some in the group, including my husband. We were told that it was brand new equipment that day but there was quite a lot of interference and picking up of other tours. However this did not detract from our enjoyment as being as it was such a small group the audio almost wasn't needed. Definitely recommend this if you have the time.
Awesome Guide, very knowledgeable and pleasant. Meeting place was specific enough in a mob of tourists.
This was a grand tour of the Palace and it took us places that the regular tours are not able to go -- skipping the line is essential -- it gets huge. Our guide was knowledgeable and her English was fine. We used those little radio devices which can be annoying, but are really necessary in the crowds if you want to hear anything. The guide was there when she said she would be and all went smoothly. Highly recommend this tour over Cruise Line tours which are much larger and less informative.
We were grateful to book this tour at the last moment, and our guide, Aga, made it worth every penny. She was funny and enthusiastic, and she was kind enough to pay special attention to the kids in the group without dumbing anything down. This was a very enjoyable tour.
Great behind the scene tour, Guide was great and brought the past to life. Small group made it easy to hear everything and ask questions. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something more than just a tour of the palace
This was a very interesting tour. The guide was entertaining to listen to. The audio equipment did not work well, but it was not needed in the quiet area that we toured.
Brilliant tour - very knowledgeable guide with good sense of humour and only 12 in group so plenty of interaction. Tour takes you through the back routes and hidden passages for about 1hr 30mins before leaving you to wander the rest of this amazing site - we spent just over 3hrs in total.
Would highly recommend both for description of the site and the history of Venice.
We really enjoyed the tour, I highly recommended.