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Inside the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

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  • Duration
    1.15 h.
  • Start time
  • Meeting Point
    Ponte della Paglia (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
What makes this tour unique? Our skip the line entrance to the popular Doge‘s Palace plus special access to its secret wing and attic prison, from which the legendary lover Casanova escaped. Our expert guide will tell all!

This tour was great! Enjoyed every bit of it. Very interesting to see the "behind the scenes" part of the palace and hear the stories and explanation behind the history of the place. Highly recommend taking this tour.


Tour Highlights

  • Special Access Secret Itineraries Tour of the Doge’s Palace
  • Skip the Line Access to the Doge’s Palace general access areas
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of only 25 people or less
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide

Explore the Secret Wing of the Doge’s Palace

This special access Secret Itineraries Tour allows us to visit a wing of the Doge’s Palace usually hidden behind lock and key. Here we discover the darkest secrets of this once-great republic.

Admire Masterpieces in the Council Rooms

With stunning frescos by Veronese, Tintoretto and Hieronymous Bosch, the Doge’s Palace holds as many masterpieces as it does secrets.

World’s Oldest Republic

You’ll travel with an official Doge’s Palace tour guide – an expert, English speaker who specializes in this incredible building so they’ll be able to answer all your questions.


There are few things that Venice is more proud of and few things that Venetians fought so hard to protect, as their status as one of the world’s oldest republics. From Venetian masks, created to protect secrecy during public votes, to the creation of different classes and guilds within their closed society – everything in Venice comes back to the protection of the Republic.

It is hardly surprising then, that the heart of Venice remains to this day, the Doge’s Palace. Once home to the Duke of Venice and his government, Palazzo Ducale holds all the secrets to the Republic as well as its finest art and an explanation of its great success and eventual fall.

Join us on an exploration of the history and art at the heart of Venice on our special access Secret Itineraries Tour, taking you to parts of the palace usually closed to the public to hear stories that usually go untold.

With an official Doge’s Palace guide, you’ll explore the hidden corridors of the Doge’s Palace usually closed to the public. Travelling in groups of only 25 people or less your tour will be intimate and with audio headsets for every guest, your guide easy to hear.

You’ll visit the cramped attic prison cell and hear the true story of how Casanova escaped. You’ll visit the secret archive room and hear about the elaborate system that kept any clerks from learning the secrets of the republic. You’ll also see the torture chamber used by the secret police to extract information, and see the secret access door from the council room disguised as a wardrobe.

Where the secret passages of the Doge’s Palace hold all the best stories of the Republic of Venice, the general access areas are home to the finest art. We’ll take a tour of the huge council rooms and intimidating waiting rooms. Here the walls are hung with masterpieces by the great Venetian artists Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto and Palladio and to name but a few.

As an expert in all things Doge’s Palace, your guide will help you decipher these monumental works (one room holds the longest canvas painting in the world!), translating them into a reflection on Venice’s great ambitions.

Your tour concludes at the entrance to the Bridge of Sighs and the New Prisons where you can visit at your own pace or if you’d rather, move onto your next adventure. One thing is for sure – after uncovering the long and twisted history of the city on your Secret Itineraries Tour, you’ll never look at Venice the same way again.

Feel like see some other major attractions in Venice too? Why not check out our Best of Venice Group Tour? You'll see St. Mark's Square with terrace access, Doge's Palace, and St. Mark's Basilica.

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What's included

  • Expert guided tour of the Doge's Palace general and special access areas
  • Skip the Line Access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Groups no larger than 25 people

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food/Beverage

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • Please note that children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on this tour.


Inside the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour Reviews

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Great tour with a very...

Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Everything flowed smoothly from beginning to end and we left with a better understanding of the Palace's history.

Very informative but not too much...

Very informative but not too much. Very humorous and had a wonderful personality.

Ottavia interacted with the group...

Ottavia interacted with the group, handled questions well, and really seemed knowledgeable about the history of the site.

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