Scavenger Hunt in the Doge’s Palace: Carnival at Candlelight

  • for kids and adults
  • Annie and Jack July 2022 IV
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This is an engaging scavenger hunt suitable also for younger kids as long as they know something about the Magic Tree House adventures. The tour takes place in the stunning Doge’s Palace, where the wise government of Venice ruled for over a thousand years! The itinerary includes the most representative institutional rooms of Doge’s Palace, decorated by some of the most well known Venetian artists, as well as the prisons and the Bridge of Sighs! Needless to say, the story of Annie and Jack is also an excuse to get to know more about the history of the city, about its political organization and most especially about its effective system of justice. Interesting also for the grown-ups!


The book Carnival at Candlelight by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca is the source of inspiration for this engaging scavenger hunt in the Doge’s Palace. Honestly, when we read the book, we thought: “Once again, we are late: this is the kind of story we have always wanted to write!” and when we turned the last page we already had the scavenger hunt in our mind!

Jack and Annie, two American brothers who live in the Frog Creek Wood in Pennsylvania, are the protagonists of a series of adventures on a magic tree house that takes them in different parts of the real world and also in fantasy realms. One day, they come to Venice for a very special mission that takes them also into the Doge’s Palace.

Let’s follow together Jack and Annie’s adventure into the Doge’s Palace of Venice and help them complete their mission: during the tour, there will be riddles to solve, strange creatures to find, instructions to follow and many tales to listen to! We will walk throughout sumptuous chambers full of art treasures and we will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs to explore the ancient prisons of Venice!

By the way: we highly recommend reading the book Carnival at Candlelight by Mary Pope Osborne before coming to Venice to have more fun with the tour!



Ideal for kids from 5 to 8 years old


Up to 2 hours

Kind of tour

Indoor scavenger hunt with game booklet based on a mystery to solve through riddles, puzzles, games such as “join the dots, put the letters in the correct order, multiple choice quizzes and things to find around)


AM or PM
on request

Meeting point

Normally in St Mark's Square by the exit of the Doge’s Palace (Porta della Carta)

Additional Fees

Skip- the-line tickets for the Doge's Palace can be purchased in advance. Family tickets cost €16 per person (at least 2 adults + 1 child aged 6-14).


One game leaflet and a final little prize for every little detective

Dress code

Not required. Backpacks and long umbrellas must be checked in the cloakroom.

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Annie and Jack!
They've sneaked into the Doge's Palace!
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On the Bridge of Sighs?!
Who knows if we will ever find a way out?
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We need a magic spell to get out!
Let's make metal soft!


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