Explore the magnificent Doge's Palace, once the center of the imperial power of Venice. Walk the corridors of history with an expert guide and learn about the singular government of the Venetian Republic in its heyday.
Admire the splendid Palace chambers with their decorated ceilings and glorious paintings by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.
Gain insights into the dark side of the 'Serene Republic'. Hear shocking stories of plot and intrigue, deadly power struggles and rough justice.
Walk eerie narrow passages to the dreaded lead-roofed prison cells. Marvel at the amazing story of the notorious Casanova's incredible break-out from the supposedly escape-proof lock-up.
1 hourStart time
Meeting Point: Under the Clock Tower next to the YEX office in Saint Mark's Square. Look for the assistant holding a sign TURIVE TOURS.
GPS Coordinates: 45.4346833, 12.3389003
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at The Doge’s Palace
Meet the English-speaking guide for your Doge's Palace Secret History Tour, Under the Clock Tower next to the YEX office in Saint Mark's Square. Look for the assistant holding a sign TURIVE TOURS.
Walk with your guide to the imposing Doge's Palace nearby. If there are more than 10 people on the tour you will be issued with head-sets so that everyone can hear the commentary properly.
The Doge’s Palace “Palazzo Ducale” is a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city.
Listen to the informative guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Bellini. Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by your informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice’s most famous and intriguing escapee.
If you wish to spend more time inside the Doge’s Palace, independently after the tour your museum pass will allow you to do so.
Your tour ends at the Doge’s Palace.
You will be given a headset if more than 10 people are booked on the tour
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
The tour includes only a small part of the secrets itineraries in August as there are seasonal closures.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.
An excellent tour, great guide (easy to understand and witty). Microphone and earpieces meant we could hear every detail clearly. The 'skip the queue' feature meant we had no...Sarah Donohoe, Ireland, 26/Jul/2017
Really worth while excursion and easier to get a spot on than the more famous Secret Itineraries Tour. Well organised, very good guide, highly recommended....michaela lamb, United Kingdom, 02/Jun/2017