Did you know that the Doge’s Palace was once a castle with four towers, like a real princess castle? The Doge was not exactly a king and his dwelling was also the Palace of Justice and the jails. Join me on an deep exploration of the history and art of this extraordinary building that represents the essence of Venice.
But let’s start by the mysterious side: we’ll enter the dark prison of the Doge’s Palace through a special access, normally closed to the public; we’ll explore the hidden corridors to hear stories that usually go untold and finally reach the attic prison to learn the true story of how Casanova escaped.
Hope you won’t be afraid by the view of the Torture Chamber but I am pretty sure you’ll have fun by following me in the narrow staircases between the walls and playing peekaboo through secret passages with other unaware visitors.
Our tour will continue in the Institutional part of the Palace to admire beautiful paintings used to glorify the state and if you wish we could also plunge in the medieval atmosphere of the Armoury, housing interesting weapons, spears, sword, shields, armors…
The last part of the tour will be in the New Prison that we’ll reach by crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs.
approx. 2 hours
€75,00/hour (per group up to 8 people). Tickets and transportation fees are not included. Read our Cancellation Policy.
Ticket for the Doge’s Palace have to be booked and paid in advance (we will provide instructions!). Full price ticket: € 20,50 Reduced ticket: € 14,50 euro*
Please be informed that the secret part is not accessible to those with mobility problems and is not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia, vertigo of cardio-respiratory disorders. They are also not suitable for pregnant women. Children under 6 are not allowed.
No specific dress code required; backpacks are not allowed inside the museum but the cloakroom is free of charge.
This itinerary can be combined with other tours (in order to get an overview of Venice, I recommend the orientation tour including St Mark’s Basilica)
This tour can be arranged as part of an excursion from the Cruise Terminal.
St Mark’s Square, by te exit of the Doge’s Palace (see google map), your hotel lobby, railway station or wherever it is more convenient.