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
10:45am & 2:15pm
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
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.
...Peter Boswell, United Kingdom, 05/Dec/2017
...david perry, United Kingdom, 22/Oct/2017
Had a great time on the tour and used our tickets to view the library and palace...John Moretto, Canada, 06/Oct/2017
Again a very informative guide and nice to have more time to spend in the palace after the official tour ended.
Great comprehensive tour of Doges Palace.
Meeting instructions clear and easy. Not keen on having to phone 24 hours prior to event, or what it achieves. Maybe a text would be better.
Doges Palace well worth the visit, and a highlight was actually walking over the Bridge of Sighs.