Meet your guide near Saint Mark’s Square, and learn about the history of the city as you make your way to the onetime home of the Doges of Venice, who ruled ‘The Most Serene Republic of Venice’ for over one thousand years. Stand at the heart of the gracious courtyard, where you can see two spectacular staircases that lead to the upper floors.
Learn about the senates and councils that determined the fate of the city in the Institutional Chambers, and take in the stunning side of the Chamber of the Great Council, one of the largest rooms in Europe. Spot Renaissance and rich Mannerist detailing, then stand at the feet of Sansovino’s great statues of Mars and Neptune, who represent Venetian power on land and at sea.
Follow in the footsteps of condemned prisoners as you cross the 17th-century Bridge of Sighs to a former prison, and learn about the men who were locked in the infamous original prison, including Casanova, who made a daring escape. Finish your tour at the Doge's Palace, which is convenient to public transport and some of the city's most important sites.