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Doge's Palace Priority Access Guided Tour - Venice

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    English: Daily 
    Italian: Tue & Sat (April to Oct)
    Spanish:(Till 24 Mar 23: Wed & Sat) From 25 Mar 23 Daily
    German: (Till 24 Mar 23 : Fri) From 25 Mar 23 Daily
    French:(from 3 Nov 22: Tue, Thurs & Sat (Daily 26 Dec 22 to 8 Jan 23 & 11 Feb 23 to 21 Feb 23) From 25 Mar 23 Daily

  • Duration

    1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    Meet 15 min before the departure time in Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 San Marco next to the post office. Look for the yellow sign "Meeting point" on the wooden kiosk

  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at The Doge’s Palace

Key Highlights

  • Regale in the magnetic and eventful history of the Papacy and the Vatican with this private tour
  • Enjoy fast track entry to one of Venice’s main attractions
  • Led by an expert guide, gain insights about the Doge’s Palace
  • See the intricate work of the Palace chambers and glorious paintings by the great Venetian masters
  • Unveil the dark secrets of the prison cells and hear shocking stories
  • Track the notorious Casanova’s brilliant 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.


Meet the expert guide for your Doge's Palace Secret History Tour, Under the Clock Tower next to the YEX office in Saint Mark's Square. Look for the assistant holding a sign TURIVE TOURS.

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. You get to choose a English, German or Spanish Speaking guide.

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.


  • English, French, German, Italian or Spanish speaking guide depending on the option you choose
  • A headset is provided if more than 10 people are on the tour
  • Entrance fee to Doge’s Palace
  • Skip the line entrance to Doge's Palace


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

You will be given a headset if more than 10 people are booked on the tour.

No backpacks are allowed.

Customer Reviews

  • Samantha Taylor

    Very good value for money. The guide was amazing with so much knowledge. Would highly recommend this tour, it was great!!

    United Kingdom 07/14/2019
  • Thomas Chu

    the tour guide made the difference

    Singapore 12/17/2018
  • Lee Whitlocke

    A fair tour which was detailed but we were hoping for more behind the scenes access whereas we were only shown through the main tourist parts of the palace and jail.
    The tour guide was good and knowledgeable and it was interesting, just not as fantastic as it could have been

    England 09/13/2018

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