Skip The Line Doge's Palace Tour and Secret Itineraries Back

Departs from : Veneto

Duration : Hours

Type : Public

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Price Per Person : EUR 75.00

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The Doge's palace features the very best and the very worst of Venice's history – from vast paintings by Tintoretto and Veronese to the wooden slot where accusations of treason were slipped to the fearsome Secret Police. To wander the corridors of the Duke's palace is to understand the Republic of Venice, for better or for worse. Our tour of the palace visits all the best sights open to the public in addition to the Secret Itineraries, assuring you get the most complete tour of the Doge's Palace. Marvel over ceilings frescoed by Tintoretto to show Justice presenting herself to the Doge while you think of all the feet that have shuffled on the tiles you stand on – ambassadors waited nervously in this very spot for anudience with the Doge in the Hall of Four Doors.  In the Chamber of the Council of Ten, as you marvel over Veronese's , Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice your guide will point you in the direction of a dark corner, dwarfed by the vibrant masterpiece.

This unassuming slot was where friends and foes condemned each other in the form of accusations – warranted or not – that were investigated and acted on with frightening brutality. For all of the splendor that its corridors hold, you would never guess what is hidden in the attic upstairs in the Palazzo Ducale. Follow your guide to the attic prison where Venice's famous lover and writer Casanova was kept for months before he miraculously managed a successful escape. Casanova was not the only man to see the Doge's palace on less than favorable terms. Our tour visits the spectacular Bridge of Sighs – so named for the prisoners that walked its length on their way to cells across the canal. As they took their last look at beautiful Venice they couldn't help but sigh. You'll hardly be able to stop yourself either or help but recall the work of the master of apocalypse Hieronymus Bosch seen in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio. The torture chamber is a similarly grim insight into what it was to live in the Republic of Venice and the stories your guide tells you there will not soon be forgotten. Across the Bridge of Sighs we'll see the New Prisons, although the 16th century monstrosities could hardly be accused of fitting the name these days. Those that can read Italian will understand the graffiti that lines cells here but for those that don't never mind, your guide will be happy to translate protestations of innocence carved into the walls by long-gone prisoners. A visit to the Doge's Palace is a rollercoaster experience, taking you from the artistic highs of Renaissance Venice to its grim bottom. When you step, blinking back into the sun, your head will be full of masterfully executed paintings and needlessly executed prisoners. One thing is for sure – you'll never again see Venice in the same light.
 
** For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside Doge's Palace and Churches. Comfortable shoes are recommended.  ** 
 
 
 
 


Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. English speaking professional tour guide
  2. Entrance Fees

What's Not Included

  1. Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
  2. Gratuities of any type
  3. Hotel pickup and dropoff

Venice


 

Perhaps the most famous Venetian in history is Marco Polo, whose travels and writings opened up the Orient to Europe. The City on the Water, once a powerful city-state, is famous for its romantic canals and waterways as well as its explorers and merchants. The architecture of this city alone makes for a fascinating sight-seeing excursion, from its fabulous churches, museums, and palaces to its elegant bridges and rural villas.

Yearly festivals include the Venice Carnival, which attracts visitors from around the world to don incredible costumes and masks and dance the night away at lavish parties and banquets, an absolute must to attend; dress up and lose yourself in the grand spectacle! Major attractions: Piazza San Marco (St. Mark Square), Palazzo dei Dogi (Doge's Palace), Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower, Rialto Bridge, the Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Interesting museums are the Correr Museum, the Marciana Library, the Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Grassi, the Guggenheim museum, Ca' Pesaro and others.

Major theaters, music venues and events: Teatro la Fenice, Teatro Malibran, Church of San Vidal, Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto, Scuola Grande di San Teodoro, Ateneo San Basso, Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Church of San Giacometto, and others. Events include the Venice Carnival, the Redentore Festival, the Historical Regatta.

 
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