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The Magnificent Doges Palace, Venice - Skip the line

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  • See the world′s largest oil painting
  • Discover the hidden history of the Doge′s Palace
  • Hear the story of Casanova′s incredible prison escape

Explore the magnificent Doge's Palace, once the center of the imperial power of Venice. Walk the corridors of history with an expert guide and learn about the singular government of the Venetian Republic in its heyday.

Admire the splendid Palace chambers with their decorated ceilings and glorious paintings by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.

Gain insights into the dark side of the 'Serene Republic'. Hear shocking stories of plot and intrigue, deadly power struggles and rough justice.

Walk eerie narrow passages to the dreaded lead-roofed prison cells. Marvel at the amazing story of the notorious Casanova's incredible break-out from the supposedly escape-proof lock-up.

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The guide was very informative and funny, we really enjoyed his tour...

Margaret Carol Harding Canada
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Excellent service excellent guide our group has only good words for the organization. We will surly book again thorough your web site....

elida bitrak The Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia
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Meet the English-speaking guide for your Doge's Palace Secret History Tour between the two columns by the water front in Saint Marks Square Look for the Orange Umbrella.

Walk with your guide to the imposing Doge's Palace nearby. If there are more than 10 people on the tour you will be issued with head-sets so that everyone can hear the commentary properly.

The Doge’s Palace “Palazzo Ducale” is a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city.

Listen to the informative guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Bellini. Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by your informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice’s most famous and intriguing escapee.

If you wish to spend more time inside the Doge’s Palace, independently after the tour your museum pass will allow you to do so.

Your tour ends at the Doge’s Palace.

Please note
You will be given a headset if more than 10 people are booked on the tour
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
The tour includes only a small part of the secrets itineraries in August as there are seasonal closures.
Entrance fee to Doge’s Palace (15€ per adult or 10€ for the child ) is not included and must be paid on the day of the tour.
  • English-speaking guide (plus a headset if more than 10 people are on the tour)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance fee to Doge’s Palace (15€ per adult or 10€ for child )
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday - Saturday: 1215h (12:15pm) & Sunday: 1500h (3:00pm)
1 hour
Start time
1215h (12:15pm) & 1500h (3:00pm)
Meeting point
The meeting point is between the two columns by the water front in Saint Marks square. Look for our assistant who will be holding an orange umbrella.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
The tour ends at The Doge’s Palace
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

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