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Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace Tour & Secret Paths

by City Wonders Duration 1h 25m+ Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is $56

Doge's Palace exhibits Venice's expansive history. Discover the secrets of the old Republic of Venice while wandering around stunning masterpieces by Tintoretto and Veronese. See Casanova's prison cell and hidden areas not normally available to the general public.

Built in the Venetian Gothic style, Doge's Palace was once home to the Duke of Venice and his government. After breezing past the admission line, walk through numerous corridors featuring vast collections of frescoes, sculptures, and paintings, such as Veronese's Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice and Tintoretto's Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice.

Visit the piombi, or attic prison, which is rarely opened to the public. Explore the place where Venice's most famed lover and writer, Casanova, was imprisoned and hear the story of his successful escape. Make your way to the Bridge of Sighs where, according to the legend, you can hear the sounds of the condemned being led to the prison.

Take this opportunity to visit the prisons, travel around the palace on your own or choose an upgrade with the skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica, including the terraces

Doge's Palace exhibits Venice's expansive history. Discover the secrets of the old Republic of Venice while wandering around stunning masterpieces by Tintoretto and Veronese. See Casanova's prison cell and hidden areas not normally available to the general public.

Built in the Venetian Gothic style, Doge's Palace was once home to the Duke of Venice and his government. After breezing past the admission line, walk through numerous corridors featuring vast collections of frescoes, sculptures, and paintings, such as Veronese's Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice and Tintoretto's Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice.

Visit the piombi, or attic prison, which is rarely opened to the public. Explore the place where Venice's most famed lover and writer, Casanova, was imprisoned and hear the story of his successful escape. Make your way to the Bridge of Sighs where, according to the legend, you can hear the sounds of the condemned being led to the prison.

Take this opportunity to visit the prisons, travel around the palace on your own or choose an upgrade with the skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica, including the terraces

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8:30 AM, Skip-the-Line Tour in English

Duration 1h 25m No booking or credit card fees

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9:00 AM, Skip-the-Line Tour in English

Duration 1h 25m No booking or credit card fees

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9:00 AM, Upgrade - Skip-the-Line Tour to St. Mark's Basilica in English

Duration 6h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace Tour & Secret Paths

Activity Location

Doge's Palace

Piazza San Marco, 1

Venice 30124

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Ponte della Paglia Riva degli Schiavoni

    Venice


Highlights

  • The secret wing of Doge’s Palace

  • Hidden corridors normally closed to the general public

  • Vast collection of frescoes, sculptures & paintings

  • The place where the famous lover Casanova was imprisoned

  • Skip-the-line admission gives you more time for sightseeing


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Doge's Palace and special access areas

  • Skip-the-line admission to the Doge's Palace

  • Skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica & ticket to the terraces when upgrade option is selected

  • Commentary in English

  • Headset for tour commentary


Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Food/Beverage

  • Gratuity is not included and is left to individual discretion.


Know Before You Book

  • Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on this tour.

  • Maximum group size is 25 people.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If you have limited mobility, you should not take part.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace Tour & Secret Paths ratings based on 25 Verified Reviews

Expedia Verified Reviews

4.2 out of 5

5/5 May 21, 2019

With this tour we were able to revisit the most palatial parts of the Palace, but more importantly were taken to see the hidden parts and even spend time in Casanova cell! What can be better!

Izabell B

United States

3/5 Apr 20, 2019

It was OK but a bit too long and I lost interest at points. I don't think the secret itineraries tour showed anything more interesting that you can see in the prison which is available to all

3/5 Aug 30, 2018

Interesting! You should know that the tour is really only the secret passages. Didn't see much of the palace at all (walked thru the courtyard) and the Bridge of Sighs you were left to tour on your own. The history our tour guide gave us was interesting. So much more to see!