Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour & St. Mark's Basilica

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Location: Venice
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 210.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - Gain exclusive VIP Access to the secret itineraries of the Doge’s Palace, a hidden labyrinth of secret archives, offices, torture chambers and top-security prison cells.
- The only tour in Venice that visits all these sites and explores the backstage of the Doge’s Palace with a small group.
- Your expert guide reveals Venice’s dark secrets, fascinating stories, and entertaining anecdotes.
- Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Cathedral and admire 4,000 square meters of mosaics in St. Mark’s while you hear the improbable story of its construction and how it came to house all its treasures.
A visit to Venice wouldn’t be the same without delving into its long and fascinating history as the world’s oldest republic. We take you beyond the traditional route, going behind the scenes of the Doge’s Palace to explore the secret archives, offices, torture chambers, and the palace attic, home to top-security prison cells, including that of the famed Casanova!
Discover the Doge’s Palace in the most complete and rewarding way possible: with an expert guide, entertaining anecdotes, and by exploring what 99% of visitors to the Doge’s Palace never get to see. We’re talking, of course, about the secret itineraries, the palace’s hidden labyrinth of secret meeting halls, offices, torture chambers and top-security prison cells!  

By exploring the secret itineraries, you get away from the crowds elsewhere in the Doge’s Palace and walk in the footsteps of Venice’s most colorful characters. Our favorite? Casanova, the legendary brigand (yes, he did exist!). As you’ll learn, he deserves all of the lore: Against all odds, he was able to escape his cell here in the palace, a cell you’ll get to see exclusively in the secret itineraries.

As well as hearing Venice’s juiciest stories, a visit to the secret itineraries means getting to walk through the hidden cells and rooms—parts of the palace that not only most visitors don’t see, but that the vast majority of Venetians in the past never knew about, either! Exploring the secret rooms, with their antique cabinets and creaky floors, will truly make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.

You will also discover the rest of the Doge’s Palace with your expert guide, from the Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made decisions. Admire the beautiful and dramatic paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto and explore the magnificent halls that demonstrate the prestige of the Most Serene Venetian Republic. What the Vatican is to Rome, the Doge's Palace is to Venice: For seven hundred years, the remarkable palace has been the home of not only the Doge, but of Venice’s (independent!) government, courts, and even prisons.  

At the end of your Doge’s Palace Tour, get a comprehensive tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. With access to the group entrance you’ll avoid long general access lines. Here you will get a deep look at the way that Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. As you gape at the mosaics and other treasures inside, your expert Venetian guide will explain how the city begged, borrowed, and yes, stole, almost all of them as it grew from a tiny island to one of the biggest powers in the Medieval world. 

Commentary English: Guide
Included Special access to the Doge’s Palace Secret itineraries
Skip-the-Line Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
Tickets & reservation fees
Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book Due to Doge's Palace regulations, children under the age of 6 are not permitted inside the secret itineraries and therefore cannot take this tour.
The prisons and secret itineraries are not wheelchair-accessible, nor is the route suitable for those with walking disabilities or for pregnant women.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
Please remember that St. Mark's Basilica is a holy place and for your visit there attire must be appropriate: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Your tour guide and sales agent cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
Additional Information
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

Minimum age:
Not recommended for: people with medical conditions
Not recommended for: pregnant women
Dress Code: Please remember that St. Mark's Basilica is a holy place and for your visit there attire must be appropriate: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
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Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-05-01
Product End Date 2021-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
January 01, 2021 March 31, 2021 12:30 PM Departure - Daily (except: Sundays + 02 Apr 2021, 05 Apr 2021, All dates in August 2021)


Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 45.4341549, 12.3375331
Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, IT
End Location Address Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, IT
Start Location Notes Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 45.4332089, 12.3376764
Address: Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT
Notes: On St.Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.
End Location Address Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, IT
Start Location Notes Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years €82.00 Available on request
Child 07-14 years €77.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020/2021 Pricing
Option Description 2020/2021 Pricing

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Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ I suffer from claustrophobia, should I take the Doge’s Palace Secret Passages Tour?

The Doge’s Palace Secret Passages Tour visits the secret archives and hidden passages of the Palace. This means that the tour does enter some small, relatively dark spaces between rooms. If you are nervous of this, we advise that you don’t take this tour.

Can I bring my children on the Doge’s Palace Secret Passages Tour?

Unfortunately children under the age of 6 years old are not allowed to join the Doge’s Palace Secret Passages tour due to Doge’s Palace safety policy.

Can I bring a bag into the Doge’s Palace?

Although you are unable to carry large backpacks around the Doge’s Palace, there is a free bag check at the entrance. Feel free to leave handbags and purses here too and collect them after your tour.

Confirmation necessary? No
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