Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
Enjoy personal attention from your expert guide on this group tour, limited to 25 people.
- All entrance fees included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Instant Confirmation
- Skip the line
- Step back in time on a history tour
Easily Venice's most famous building, Doge’s Palace (or Palazzo Ducalo in Italian) is a mesmerizing example of Venetian Gothic architecture at its finest. Created in the 14th century for the doges of Venice, the rulers of the former Venetian Republic, the palace contains elaborately decorated public rooms alongside darker hidden chambers.
Start your 1.25-hour Doge’s Palace tour by exploring these ornate public rooms, where you'll see how the successive doges made their palace even more impressive with art by 15th-century Italian Renaissance artists. Gaze at Tintoretto's magnificent ceiling frescos, and see Veronese masterpieces such as the Virtues of the Republic. As you walk through the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, your guide will point out the vibrant ceiling panel, Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice, and the room's dark corner where accusations of treachery were passed to the secret service.
Next, it’s on to the Piombi, the ancient attic prison that traditionally held Venice's upper-class inmates under a lead-cased roof. The Piombi is rarely open to members of the public; enjoy an exclusive walk around these eerie chambers, and see where Casanova, Venice's legendary lover, was cruelly imprisoned.
By the 16th century, the attic prison cells were replaced by the New Prisons, although these horrifying chambers hardly fit the name by today's standards! The New Prisons were joined to Doge’s Palace by the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), named to signify the prisoners’ sighs as they caught their last glimpse of beautiful Venice. You'll walk across the Bridge of Sighs independently and explore the New Prisons at leisure before your tour ends.
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Tour departs at 8:30am (meet strictly at 8:15am) with an English-speaking guide
Tour departs at 9am (meet strictly at 8:45am) with an English-speaking guide
Skip the Line: Best of Doges Palace Tour
- Skip-the-line entrance ticket
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on this tour
- Not wheelchair accessible
Reviewed by: Noela D, December 2014
A great tour. Excellent tour guide and easily understood with headsets. Doge's Palace is well worth the visit.
Reviewed by: Anthea H, December 2014
The tour was organised efficiently. Our guide was very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot.