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Discover the mysteries of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this secret itineraries tour. Skip the long line and head straight inside to explore the palace’s opulent public chambers adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance art. Learn how the powerful doges ruled the Venetian Republic with an iron fist, and gain rare entry into shadowy quarters of the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once locked up. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs and wander the dark dungeons of the New Prison network.

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

Built in the 14th century, the Doge’s Palace was once the governing base of the former Venetian Republic’s powerful rulers, the doges. Meet your guide in St Mark’s Square, and admire the palace’s magnificent Venetian Gothic architecture before heading to the front of the long entry queue. 

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. 

Next, cross the famous Bridge of Sighs into the New Prison complex, built in the 16th century. Wander the harrowing network of cells on your own, and then breathe a sigh of relief as you step back into the open air of St Mark’s Square at the end of your 1.25-hour tour. 

Customer Reviews

Anne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We were so glad that we booked this tour as our guide was fun and knowledgeable. There were plenty of steps though!

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We were recommended to take this tour by friends and very glad we did - it was excellent! The tour offers insights that you would never get by simply taking a walk through the Doge's palace. Staff were excellent - our guide Allesandra ? was pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful with questions. For future clients it may be useful to alert them when booking that the tour involves many stairs and moving through some confined spaces.

Andrew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I would only see the Palace with this tour. You see all the interesting bits and get all the background stories.

Gregorio

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

So much to absorb in one visit I will do it again and recommend same to all.

Robin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an excellent surprise! We really felt like insiders' and saw things and learned things that we would never have known, both about the Doge's Palace and the history of Venice.

Barbara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Thought the tour was very informative and liked not having to wait in long line.
the guide was very funny and could understand her english very well. I would do another tour w/ her and w/ viator as they were very well run .

steigerwald.katherin ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was fantastic. The stories were really exciting and our guide was wonderful.

Lindsay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

a MUST see. Great tour--thoroughly enjoyed.

Roberta C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well organized, excellent guide and listening devices. Fascinating secret stuff and then free entrance to Palace!

May S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Highly recommend it! the secret itinerary is very interesting and definitely adds to your trip! :

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