77 reviews of Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
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Reviewed by Jancey, June 2012
Great tour...we had a little problem getting to the right place because it was Sunday. Great tour. We missed our tour guide, but they left the tickets at the ticket office and we rented the audio tour. Was just perfect.
Reviewed by CYRILLE C, June 2012
Gorgeous palace. Excellent tour guide. I was riveted by the stories of paranoia and conspiracy in the then Republic of Venice and Casanova's exploits. However, I wish the tour included the prisons and the Bridge of Sighs. I loved that the guide said at the end that she hopes we explore the beauty of Venice because there are really no bad sights and that WE should be patient of the Venetians because THEY are very stressed out from the tourists. I think it should be the other way around and I am glad they are sharing their city with us but it was very gracious of her to say this.
Reviewed by Wayne J, June 2012
This is an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting Venice. We had done the Doge's Palace before but this tour offered a much deeper insight into the Palace and the intrigues of Venice. Well worth it!
Reviewed by Sharon F, May 2012
Tour guide was excellent! She had a thorough knowledge of history and art. Will definitely book again with Viator.
Reviewed by Kyle M, May 2012
This tour was a lot of fun with a great english speaking guide. Very knowledgable and was a very good experience. I would recommend to anyone looking to go inside of the doge's palace. Awesome behind the scenes content explaining more of the background into the Republic of Venice.
Reviewed by Barbara, May 2012
Although the group departed a bit prematurely, (luckily we were able to catch up with them), the guide and assistant were great, and the tour was very interesting.
Reviewed by Jan A, April 2012
This tour was absolutely worth the value. The guide was stunning and she drew us, as visitors, into the world of the venetian politics in a really visual way. So glad we booked rather than trudged around with a guidebook.
Reviewed by Georgia B, May 2013
This tour operated precisely on time and exactly as advertised. The guide was very knowledgeable and organized. The "secret" part of the tour leads through fairly plain offices in which the business of the Venetian Republic was transacted, as well as to the cells for political prisoners and the torture chamber. It included a view right up under the rafters of the palace, so that one could see the construction of the roof and how the cieling of the main audience chamber was supported. All of this was interesting up to a point (the offices are quite plain and rather cramped), but we felt that the time allocated to the secret offices limited the time devoted to the extraordinary, public rooms of the palace which are stunning. Note that the important rooms of the palace are on the upper floors and require climbing a number of staircases before your tour really begins. Backpacks and large camera cases are not permitted in the palace.
Reviewed by Cheryl B, April 2013
A very interesting tour giving the political history of Venice. Great to see behind the scenes. I'd recommend this tour.
Reviewed by Denise R, USA, April 2013
This tour was good. We went in late March, it is a cold, drafty old place and that only added to the mystique as we toured the prison cells and weapons. This tour takes you where most people do not go, and we saw weaponry in the attic, prison cells and stories. We did indeed skip most of the crowds and the line. It takes about 2 hours and our guide was knowledgeable. Be sure to cross the bridge of sighs and go see the dungeons when your tour ends.
Reviewed by A and V, Australia, February 2013
This tour shows areas not generally seen by most, very informative,interesting. Well worth doing
Reviewed by Jennifer Z, USA, December 2012
More than just the standard tour of the Doge's Palace, this tour takes into the prison. It was interesting to be able to compare the opulence of the palace with the prison and administrative offices. It definitely gives you a better picture of the 'real' palace than a standard tour.
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