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Doges Palace, Venice

Skip The Line Doge's Palace Tour and Secret Itineraries Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-00596
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 0.0 Hours
  • Departs from : Veneto
  • Meeting Place : 9 am at the foot of Ponte della Paglia


Venice is one of the most fascinating cities on the planet and in order to discover it's incredible history and fully understand the magnitude of the Venetian empire, there is no better way than with a local Venetian guide.   Our tour begins at St. Mark's square in a central meeting location where we will begin our journey into the history of Venice

The Doge's palace features the very best and the very worst of Venice's history – from vast paintings by Tintoretto and Veronese to the wooden slot where accusations of treason were slipped to the fearsome Secret Police. To wander the corridors of the Duke's palace is to understand the Republic of Venice, for better or for worse. Our tour of the palace visits all the best sights open to the public in addition to the Secret Itineraries, assuring you get the most complete tour of the Doge's Palace. Marvel over ceilings frescoed by Tintoretto to show Justice presenting herself to the Doge while you think of all the feet that have shuffled on the tiles you stand on – ambassadors waited nervously in this very spot for anudience with the Doge in the Hall of Four Doors.  In the Chamber of the Council of Ten, as you marvel over Veronese's , Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice your guide will point you in the direction of a dark corner, dwarfed by the vibrant masterpiece.

This unassuming slot was where friends and foes condemned each other in the form of accusations – warranted or not – that were investigated and acted on with frightening brutality. For all of the splendor that its corridors hold, you would never guess what is hidden in the attic upstairs in the Palazzo Ducale

Follow your guide to the attic prison where Venice's famous lover and writer Casanova was kept for months before he miraculously managed a successful escape. Casanova was not the only man to see the Doge's palace on less than favorable terms. Our tour visits the spectacular Bridge of Sighs – so named for the prisoners that walked its length on their way to cells across the canal. As they took their last look at beautiful Venice they couldn't help but sigh. You'll hardly be able to stop yourself either or help but recall the work of the master of apocalypse Hieronymus Bosch seen in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio. The torture chamber is a similarly grim insight into what it was to live in the Republic of Venice and the stories your guide tells you there will not soon be forgotten.

Across the Bridge of Sighs we'll see the New Prisons, although the 16th century monstrosities could hardly be accused of fitting the name these days. Those that can read Italian will understand the graffiti that lines cells here but for those that don't never mind, your guide will be happy to translate protestations of innocence carved into the walls by long-gone prisoners. A visit to the Doge's Palace is a rollercoaster experience, taking you from the artistic highs of Renaissance Venice to its grim bottom. When you step, blinking back into the sun, your head will be full of masterfully executed paintings and needlessly executed prisoners.

One thing is for sure, after this experience– you will never again see Venice in the same light.
** For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside Doge's Palace and Churches. Comfortable shoes are recommended.  ** 




Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. English speaking professional tour guide
  2. Entrance Fees

What's Not Included

  1. Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
  2. Gratuities of any type
  3. Hotel pickup and dropoff

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