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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  85 minutes (approx.)
See the best of Doge's Palace in Venice on a 1.25-hour skip-the-line tour! With a priority-access ticket, you won't waste time standing in line. Walk right past the long queue with your guide, and enjoy a tour that combines the palace's magnificent public rooms with rare access to the Piombi attic prison and the Bridge of Sighs. See Italian Renaissance artwork and learn about the darker deeds of the city's former rulers on this Doge's Palace tour with a difference!
Enjoy personal attention from your expert guide on this group tour, limited to 25 people.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

See the Bridge of Sighs at Doge's Palace

Your tour begins at St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), from where you'll stroll over to the elegant Doge’s Palace with your expert guide. Conveniently, your skip-the-line Doge’s Palace tickets offer fast-track entrance, so you'll walk straight past the long lines outside.

Easily Venice's most famous building, Doge’s Palace (or Palazzo Ducalo in Italian) is a mesmerizing example of Venetian Gothic architecture at its finest. Created in the 14th century for the doges of Venice, the rulers of the former Venetian Republic, the palace contains elaborately decorated public rooms alongside darker hidden chambers.

Start your 1.25-hour Doge’s Palace tour by exploring these ornate public rooms, where you'll see how the successive doges made their palace even more impressive with art by 15th-century Italian Renaissance artists. Gaze at Tintoretto's magnificent ceiling frescos, and see Veronese masterpieces such as the Virtues of the Republic. As you walk through the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, your guide will point out the vibrant ceiling panel, Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice, and the room's dark corner where accusations of treachery were passed to the secret service.

Next, it’s on to the Piombi, the ancient attic prison that traditionally held Venice's upper-class inmates under a lead-cased roof. The Piombi is rarely open to members of the public; enjoy an exclusive walk around these eerie chambers, and see where Casanova, Venice's legendary lover, was cruelly imprisoned.

By the 16th century, the attic prison cells were replaced by the New Prisons, although these horrifying chambers hardly fit the name by today's standards! The New Prisons were joined to Doge’s Palace by the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), named to signify the prisoners’ sighs as they caught their last glimpse of beautiful Venice. You'll walk across the Bridge of Sighs independently and explore the New Prisons at leisure before your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Good guide who provided a lot of information. Please be aware that there are many, many steps to climb up and down

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was an excellent tour. It was fascinating and made even more fascinating by our excellent guide. I learned so many things. The group size was perfect and we had plenty of time to see things and ask questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Briliant behind the schenes tour. Guide was very good. Lots of steps to climb and tight spaces though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide was awesome! We saw many great things in the palace, including secret passageways.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We didn't know what to expect, but found his tour very interesting and worthwhile. Elena was our guide, and she made what could have been quite dry history come alive in an amusing way. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very interesting but go early to avoid the heat. Some of the passageways are warm to say the least. Tour guide was amusing and very informative. A few stairs to navigate but overall a brilliant tour. Do it !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I would defiantly recommend this in anyone interested in learning more about the history of the Doge's and life in the palace. We were able to go thru many different secret passageways and see the rooms where Casanova was kept as well as the torture chamber. Afterward we were able to walk thru the Palace and prison on our own. We had a fantastic guide who really knew her history and could tell how much she loved sharing it with us!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

the guild was very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent guide, even though their second language was french, her english was perfect. Very informative and engaging, good sense of humour. Tour company was very organised and professional. Would recommend this tour to a first time visitor or to anyone wanting to discover more about the Doge's Palace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour. Very informative. Worth it. Got to walk across the Bridge of Sighs!

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