Guided tour

Doge Palace: Secret itineraries Tour

Doge Palace: Secret itineraries Tour

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Discover secret areas, routes, and prison cells found inside Doge’s Palace with an expert guide on a unique, VIP tour of one of the most famous monuments in Venice.

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Duration options: 3 hours
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Live tour guide
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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Enjoy exclusive access to the secret areas of the Doge's Palace
  • Learn intimate details about the dukes of the Venetian Empire
  • Discover how Casanova escaped his cell in the Doge's Palace
  • See lavish apartments, torture chambers as well as the palace attic
  • Admire dramatic paintings and go inside the Hall of the Great Council
Full description
Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Doge’s Palace and discover the hidden areas of the rulers of the Venetian Empire. See secret archives, offices, and torture chambers as well as the palace attic and top-security prison cells. Meet your guide and be introduced to the history of Venetian dukes and learn about their secret meeting halls and torture chambers. Escape the crowds in the normal public areas and walk in the footsteps of some of the most colorful characters of Venice, such as the legendary, Casanova. Discover how, against all odds, he managed to escape his cell inside the palace. See rooms that the vast majority of Venetians of the past never knew about, admiring antique cabinets and lavish apartments along the way. Walk on creaky floors to look at the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made their decisions. Admire dramatic paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto and explore halls that demonstrate the prestige of the Venetian Republic. Leave no stone unturned or door unopened on this comprehensive VIP exploration of Venice’s most historic site.
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to New Prisons, Doge's Palace
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with vertigo

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Meeting point

Meet your guide just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco, 30124. You must arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Directions: On St. Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 106 reviews

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Our guide Nico was great. The entire tour was just great and super informative. I can only recommend the tour. We gained so many impressions in such a short time. Just great when you have such a tour guide who can convey his knowledge with such enthusiasm! In the reviews I had read before it was mentioned that there was no way to spontaneously go to the toilet. That is also the case, but it was announced beforehand and a bathroom break was also taken when there was an opportunity. So there were no problems there. There were only 6 of us which was great. So we didn't even need the "cheap" headphones. They're not that comfortable to wear. My tip would be to bring your own headphones if you have the right plug. At 3 hours that can be a lot more comfortable to wear. The tour is definitely worth every penny!

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August 28, 2022

Our guide Sabrina was very authentic and engaging. Thanks to the audio set, you could also understand them well throughout. The tour of the secret passages of the Doge's Palace was very exciting and took up a large part of the guide. Unfortunately, due to the very warm weather, we were not able to visit the attic because the risk of circulatory problems was too high. Afterwards, Sabrina led us through the "official" part of the Doge's Palace and through St. Mark's Basilica. All in all a very successful tour, but we would have liked to have had a little more time in the Doge's Palace to explore it ourselves.

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July 28, 2022

This tour was so interesting! You really get a well-rounded tour of the palace. You start off by going behind the scenes and touring the offices and prison of the palace. Then you see the grand ballrooms in the front. The difference is really stark. Then you tour St. Mark's Basilica, which is absolutely stunning. The tour is 3 hours, the longest one we did in Italy, but it honestly didn't feel like it. The tour kept moving at a good pace and I never felt like we were standing in one place too long. Our tour guide Susan was so great! She's so smart and informative. As long as you feel comfortable with the duration of the tour, I highly recommend it!

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November 2, 2019

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