Private Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour in Venice

Private Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour in Venice

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Unlocking Venice's Treasures: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour with Expert Guides. Discover the secrets of the Doge’s Palace with our expert English-speaking guides on this exclusive tour of one of Venice's most significant landmarks. Enhance your experience by adding an additional 30 minutes to visit St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line tickets, immersing yourself further in the rich history and beauty of Venice

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2,5 hours

Private Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour in Venice

From: 105.00

Duration: 2,5 hours

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What’s included in this Private Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
  • Local Expert Guide
  • Skip the line Tickets for the Doge's Palace & Secret Itinerary
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Unlocking Venice's Treasures: Private Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Walking Tour
On our Private Venice Doge's Palace & Secret Itineraries Walking Tours you'll be accompanied by one of our local expert Venice city tour guides to enjoy the most comprehensive tour of Venice's most important building, the Doge's Palace. On our private tour of the Doge's Palace, visit the sumptuous and splendidly decorated rooms of what used to be the "brain" that governed the Republic of Venice.

Its open architecture testifies to the unbeatable power of Venice, queen of the sea, while its lavish chambers display the immense wealth that the city possessed. And then, as one of the highlights of our Private Tours of the Doge's Palace, we will enter the Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace: behind the walls of the elaborately decorated hallways and chambers lay another world closed to everyone but a few trusted men of the Republic!

Cross the Bridge of Sighs in this Private Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
As we tour the public rooms of the Doge's Palace your eyes will be captured by the beauty that is around you. You'll learn about the diverse roles played in society by the Doge and his counsellors, who helped create the many institutions that made Venice the most modern and liberal state in Europe. During Doge’s Secret Itineraries Tour, you'll cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and visit the prisons of the Doge's Palace. You'll hear about the infamous Council of Ten, and be entertained by the legends and stories of the characters who played a role in creating the most serene of Republics.

Traverse the Corridors of Power in the Private Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
On our Private Walking Tours of the Doge's Palace discover the corridors of power, a tall sturdy door that remains always locked! Behind that locked door lies the Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace. A tour that takes you into the inner sanctums of the "brain of Venice", where you'll learn all the secrets of the Venetian Republic. Visit the Chancellors Office, the man responsible for writing all the secret documents of the Republic and learn how the Venetian guaranteed his loyalty!

On our private walking tours of the Doge's Palace you'll also see the Doge’s offices, were a multitude of Secret documents were kept and where you'll be able to admire the interior decorations of the rooms built by workmen from the Arsenale who applied their unique shipbuilding skills to a building on dry land.

Next Stop in Your Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour: Torture Chambers and Casanova’s Prison Cell
The next stop on your Private Tour of the Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace is the gruesome Torture Chamber, where enemies of the State would be tortured before the State Inquisitors. Learn about the single form of torture that the Venetians used and still on display, and why no-one was able to resist the pain! Learn also how prisoners awaiting the same punishment were entertained as they waited their turn! From the torture chamber we head up into "I Piombi" Prisons, so called because they lay directly below the lead roofs of the Doge's Palace. These wooden cells beneath the lead roofs would be intolerably hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter months.

It was in these cells that the famous lover Casanova was incarcerated and here you will learn about the trumped-up charges that Casanova's enemies used against him to imprison the world's most famous lover. On our Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace tour we will see both the prison cells that Casanova spent time in and you will be entertained by the stories of his two attempts to escape and how finally, he made his way to freedom. If you are interested in Casanova’s story and legend, please check out also our Casanova Tour in Venice.

As we explore the prisons, we'll venture into the attic area of the Palace, navigating a narrow gangway. Along the way, we'll walk over the massive 16th-century timber beams supporting the roof. Discover the ingenious methods employed by the Venetians to preserve their timber and construct such a weighty structure without additional support.

Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour: Admire the Works of Tintoretto and Veronese
The last two rooms of the Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace belonged to the State inquisitors & three judges of the council of ten. Here we can again admire the works of Venetian masters Tintoretto & Veronese.
You'll also have the opportunity to admire a few original pieces of furniture within the Doge's Palace, such as a charming cabinet designed for court documents. Notably, it features three keyholes, requiring all three judges' presence to unlock — a fascinating glimpse into the palace's intricate governance system. The Venetians fear of corruption knew no limits — which is probably why the Venetian Republic survived longer than any other, until its demise in 1797.

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Meeting Point in St. Mark's Square: our Expert Guide Awaits You for an Unforgettable Doge Secret Itineraries Tour!
Your English-speaking guide will greet you at St. Mark's Square, positioned between the two prominent columns facing the waterfront. One column is adorned with a lion, while the other features Saint Todaro. Look for your guide holding a sign bearing your name for easy identification

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Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour Accessibility and Important Information
This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.

Please contact us if you would like to extend your Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries Tour with an additional 30 minutes to visit St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line tickets.

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Mr Kevin Kumke
Jun 22 2023

Very well informed and clear presentation

Jun 19 2019

It was a fun perspective on the politics on Venice at the time.

May 04 2019

Excellent experience, great guide.