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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

  • Informative, VIP access tour of Doge’s Palace
  • No waiting in line, so you can skip the crowds
  • Learn about Renaissance masterworks on guided visit
Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
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9:00am DepartureMost Popular
Tour departs at 9am (meet strictly at 8:45am) with an English-speaking guide
8:30am Departure
Tour departs at 8:30am (meet strictly at 8:15am) with an English-speaking guide
The spectacular, 14th-century Doge’s Palace was once the headquarters of the powerful rulers of Venice. Today, the palace is one of Venice’s most popular attractions, filled with Renaissance masterpieces from Tintoretto and Veronese. This skip-the-line tour saves you time with guaranteed entry, and also give you access to the rarely open Piombi prison, where the famous Casanova once made his daring escape.
What to Expect

Your tour starts in the picturesque Piazza San Marco, where your guide will be waiting. Learn about the palace’s magnificent exteriors before skipping the crowds and heading to the front of the entry line.

Inside the Doge’s Palace, enjoy a guided visit through the opulent decor. Wander past Renaissance murals and gilded carvings, but don’t forget to look up: The famous fresco, Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice, adorns the ceiling.

Visit the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, where you’ll hear about the Venetian Republic’s formidable secret service. Before the tour is up, you’ll get special access to the Piombi prison, an attic jail usually closed to visitors, including the cell of Venice’s legendary lover, Casanova. Stop to take a breath—or a photo—on the 16th-century Bridge of Sighs before heading back to the square.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Secret Itineraries Tour - Not Worth The Cost

I read so many recommendations to go on the Secret Itineraries Tour so when we missed the opportunity to book direct with the Doge’s Palace, we thought City Wonders would be a good alternative despite the steeply jacked up prices. We were under the impression...More

Thank chuletita_loca
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello chuletita_loca, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I was sorry to hear that your Doge's Palace and Secret Itineraries Tour didn't meet up your expectations. As we're constantly looking for ways to improve, at City Wonders, we train...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fascinating behind the curtain look at the Doge's Palace

This tour provides a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the Doge's palace and takes you to sections not accessible by the regular tour. The Roman Guy (in this cas a gal - Ariana) was very knowledgeable about the palace, and guided...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Secrets revealed!

We took the Secrets Itinerary tour and weren't disappointed. We were lead through passageways and through secret doors to areas not seen by the usual tours. We got to see the cell that Casanova was imprisoned in and the administrative section of the building. We...More

Thank Monalisa L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This behind the scenes tour was so interesting! I highly recommend it for anyone visiting Venice who is interested in history. We were able to view areas that were only accessible through this tour, and then we had time at the end to tour the...More

1  Thank fromAtl
Reviewed August 29, 2018
Great tour of an amazing attraction

Our tour was great: informative, detailed, fun, and just long enough to satisfy our curious minds while not overwhelming us with loads of information. A few minor areas of improvement could be to have clearer instructions as to how to get to the mtg place...More

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July 30, 2018|
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Response from LindaRas | Reviewed this property |
Yes, about an hour in the prison, which to us wasn’t all that interesting. Lot’s of stairs and cramped quarters. Then you’re completely on your own for the Doge’s Palace. And you sill end up standing in line, albeit for a... More
April 3, 2018|
Response from fattyshea | Reviewed this property |
20 max.. wasnt too many.