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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:85 minutes (approx.)

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

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.


  • 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 October 2015

I was only able to go to the first half of the tour, but it was awesome. we learned a lot of the history of Venice, and I actually felt like I was experiencing Venice at the time that Doges Palace was in use. Great information about the prisoners. Seeing their cells and hearing their stories was living history. WE had a red-haired guide that was awesome! I don't remember her name.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was great - so enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was excellent. Meeting place was clear and well organised and the guide was charming and witty with good English - despite it being her first tour in this language. Saw some interesting places not on the general tour and no queuing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great experience. The guide was excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide I cannot remember her name was so very smart and the entire tour was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing palace with lots of art and an interesting history! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. My favorite tour in Venice

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This place is so full of amazing history. We learnt about what went on in the palace behind closed doors, that the general public of the time weren't privy to. Our tour through the prison section was fascinating. We had an excellent guide that was very passionate about the history of the palace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was knowledgable and spoke eloquently . She was a good story teller and we learned much interesting history. I liked that she kept a good pace but stopped at important spots. She allowed us to explore at the end of tour giving us guidance and suggestions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic. Such wealth of information. Good organization. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Well organised and efficient we were met promptly and escorted to meet the guide. The English speaking guide was very easy to listen to, gave lots of information without overload and had a sense of humour which made the tour very interesting. My only criticism would be that at the end of the tour some information on where we were within the Palace and maybe what to look out for would have been very helpful. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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