With a tour behind the curtain of the Doge’s Palace, explore the clandestine world of the old Venetian Republic. Join a friendly guide, waltz past the long lines outside, and tiptoe through the hidden corridors and secret rooms usually off-limits to tourists.
You will be able to hear real stories of deception, political subterfuge, and cruelty worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy, and browse some of Venice's most stunning Renaissance masterpieces in magnificent council chambers. As you venture behind the scenes of the Doge’s palace and into its concealed world of political intrigue and dark secrets, hear your footsteps pitter-patter through narrow hidden passages.
Clamber into cramped attic prison cells, and hear the true story of Casanova's famous escape. Visit the secret archive room and learn about the elaborate system that kept clerks from learning the secrets of the Republic.
Shuffle into the stomach-churning torture chamber, and learn all about the inventive interrogation methods the Doge's secret police used to extract information and squeals from suspected enemies.
Head through the secret access door to the council room that's ingeniously disguised as a wardrobe, and marvel at the best of Venice's Renaissance artworks from masters such as Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto, Palladio, and others.
Tour departs at 08:30 hrs & 09:00 hrs. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour, as the tour starts on time.
Foot of Ponte Della Paglia
Ponte della Paglia, 30124, Venice
Piazza San Marco 1, 30124, Venice
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