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Doge's Palace Tour

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    What to Expect
    This tour no longer includes Secret Itineraries in July, August, November, December, January and February. However, we still cover a ton of fascinating aspects of the palace.

    The Doge's Palace, or Palazzo Ducale in Italiano, is a perfect example of Venetian gothic architecture in Venice.  The grand palace, once home to the Doge of Venice when the city was a Republic, sits on one side of St. Mark's Basilica. It's delicate pink facade and ornate columns are just part of the reason it attracts over a million visitors each year. But don't let the external beauty of the palace fool you, this palace holds many dark stories hidden within its walls. Meet your guide outside Doge's Palace. Before skipping the line to enter, admire the exterior of the palace and learn about the history of Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square. introduction to the exterior, the Doge's Palace history and the surrounding area.

    Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries

    With it's marble fireplaces, friezes and stucco adorning the walls, the interior of the Doge's Palace is grand to say the least. Some works of art stand out over the rest and our guide will lead you straight to them. As you walk into a bright courtyard in the middle of the palace's apartments, the of this special palace becomes overwhelming. Then, through a secret door, access a restricted area that most general visitors to the palace cannot get to. It is here that the your Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries adventure begins. 

    Torture Chambers and Casanova

    You'll soon arrive at the Doge's Palace torture chamber. Also known as the Chamber of torment, this chamber is directly linked to the prisons. Inside this room, our guide will explain the common torture methods employed during interrogation. Next door, find even more prison cells. These cells, called Piombi, are not quite as gruesome as the Pozzi found on the lower levels. These rooms here were kept for people who committed political crimes and those serving only short-term prison sentences. One man who occupied both the Pozzi and the Piombi, was the Italian adventurer and author, Giacomo Casanova. 

    The Bridge of Sighs

    The Bridge of Sighs, or Ponte dei Sospiri in Italiano, connects the Doge's Palace interrogation chamber to the new prison cells. The bridge once connected freedom with incarceration, and prisoners walked across this bridge before spending years or even the remainder of their lives in prison. If that was not enough to sigh about, the small windows carved into the bridge offered prisoners their last glance of beautiful Venice, before being locked up. 
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square) - on the smaller side of the square (la Piazzetta) facing the Grand Canal, between 2 columns.
    Departure Time
    1:10 PM
    Duration
    2h
    Inclusions
    • Professional art historian guide
    • Small-group size, maximum 18 participants
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please refrain from bringing big back packs or bags, because they are not allowed inside.
    • Children under the age of 8 are not allowed inside the Secret itineraries for security reasons.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We went on the Doge's Palace tour with the Roman Guy and it was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The guide was considerate when we fell behind a few times she slowed to tour so we could catch-up..
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    Response from Brianna S, Public Relations Manager at Doge's Palace Tour
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Ciao Phil! Grazie mille for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour of Doge's Palace and that your guide was accommodating to your needs. We hope to welcome you back to Italy in the future!
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    Skipping the line in and of itself is worth the money! But Chiara was a great guide also. Covered A LOT in 2 hours. Tour was very informative on history and art and well presented. Despite the crowds, the Doges Palace is a MUST SEE in Venice.
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    Response from Madeleine R, Public Relations Manager at Doge's Palace Tour
    Responded May 27, 2019
    Ciao Julie! Grazie mille for writing in! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Chiara. We hope to welcome you back to Italy soon!
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    The Palace was gorgeous. Let me start by saying we are NOT fans of history; much prefer scenery so that will explain our review. The guide for our tour was pleasant and knowledgeable but there was too much history for us, LOTS of standing around listening (not good for someone
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    Response from Kait J, Director of Sales at Doge's Palace Tour
    Responded 1 week ago
    Ciao! Grazie mille for your review. I'm sorry to hear the tour was not as expected. We hope to welcome you back to Italy in the future in hopes for a better experience.
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    The Secret Itineraries tour was a lot of fun. You get to visit much more of the palaces dungeons, including Casanova's cells, as well as some of the behind-the-scene offices of the important political bodies of the Venetian republic. Our tour guide (English language tour) was
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    Response from Kayla S, Public Relations Manager at Doge's Palace Tour
    Responded Sep. 19, 2018
    Ciao Christopher! Grazie mille for your review. Skipping the lines is what we're all about! We hope to welcome you back to Italy soon!
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    • Duration: 2h
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    • Languages Offered: English
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