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  3. Venice
  4. Doge's Palace

Venice: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tours

Product ID: 244077
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Ditch the hassle of long lines with a skip-the-line ticket to Venice’s most iconic building. Explore the history of medieval and renaissance espionage. Gaze at fantastically ornate rooms juxtaposed with damp prison cells.
About this activity
Duration 90 minutes
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Wander through the rooms and chambers of the iconic Doge's Palace with an expert guide
  • Learn centuries of Venice's political history
  • Marvel at the architectural triumphs that populate the Doge's former quarters
Full description
Your guided tour of the Doge’s Palace begins at the winged lion column in Saint Mark’s Square, entering the palace from the ornate, bright courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale. Entering a narrow door on the ground floor, you’ll immediately find yourself in the Pozzi, a collection of small, damp cells that once housed prisoners. Take note of the preserved writing and carving on the walls as you head towards the ornate Square Atrium.

From there, pass through to the ornate Chamber of the Secret Chancellery, whose walls are lined with secret compartments containing documents pertaining to the Venetian magistrate. Continue into the Chamber of Torment, where your guide will explain the disturbing practices of torture in Venice, as well as when it was abolished. From there, continue into another set of cells, reserved for political prisoners, called the Piombi. 

The Piombi leads directly under the roof of the attic, where there are ornamental cases containing artifacts and weapons from the 16th century. From the attic, head down into the final room of the tour, the Chamber of the Inquisitors, where a much-feared magistrate was set up in 1539 to protect state secrets.
Includes
  • Official certified guide
  • Radio system to hear the guide
  • Skip the Line access to the Doge's Palace, guaranteed even in peak season
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please be present in front of the "Yex" Exchange Office, under the clock tower (Piazza San Marco), 15 minutes before departure time in order to avoid any delays.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• Wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
• Please note that customers suffering from claustrophobia, vertigo of cardio-respiratory disorders, pregnant women, and Children under 6 are not allowed on this tour
• Due to recent safety concerns, some lines to enter the Doge's Palace may occur even for skip-the-line ticket holders
• The tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of religious functions (in these cases it can be rearranged or refunded)
• For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Palace
• There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, in the event of this occurring you will be offered an alternative or full refund
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StarFlorence

Product ID: 244077