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

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3 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?


  • Explore the more impenetrable parts of the Doge's Palace, including torture chambers and interrogation rooms
  • Learn more about the people who passed through this building
  • Acquaint yourself with St. Mark's Basilica and marvel at the treasure trove housed within
  • Sites Visited
  • Casanova’s prison cell
  • Torture chamber
  • Secret archives
  • Hall of the Great Council
  • Courtrooms
  • Sala della Scrutinio
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Tour Includes
  • VIP Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries tickets
  • Skip-the-line Doge's Palace tickets
  • Pre-reserved tickets for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Expert local guide

Take a walk through hidden torture rooms, cells and council rooms

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The prison portion of the tour was way too long. It was about an hour and a half and could have been done in a half an hour.
Carol · May 18, 2023 · United States · Female · 65 to 74 years
Well-paced tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Dogues Palace secret tour was excellent, but be prepared for a lot of stairs. The art work is stunning. While not inexpensive the ability to skip the line here and at St. Mark's is invaluable. We took the 8:45am tour and the Square was empty, but by 11am when we took a quick break it was a zoo with an hours-long wait. BTW, if you want to see the view from the bell tower there is essentially no line after 4pm. Probably not necessary to purchase that in advance.
Tim · May 14, 2023 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
Please don't pass this tour by. It is quality vs. the other tours by other service providers. We enjoyed Sarah, an exceptionally knowledgeable, personable and attentive guide. The hidden rooms and prison dungeons and torture rooms were well explained, and the main areas of the Doges Palace and Basilica were also detailed in her explanations. Her love of Venice is contagious. Mille Grazie!!
Leslie · May 09, 2023 · Canada · Female · 65 to 74 years
This was an excellent tour. Our guide, Roberta, was very informative. It was very cool getting to see parts of the Doges Palace not open to the general public. The history of both the palace and the basilica was very interesting.
Curt · May 03, 2023 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
We were not able to enter St Marks due to the holiday on 25 April. Tour representative said we should be receiving a partial refund.
Jana · Apr 26, 2023 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point  

This tour meets underneath the Portico, just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in Piazza San Marco, 30124. The Correr Museum is directly opposite the entrance of St. Mark's Basilica. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign. 

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.  


Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
Are the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Wheelchair accessible?
No, unfortunatley they are not. But tours to general-access areas are.
Does St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.
Can I bring children on the Secret Itineraries Tour?
Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to visit the Secret Itineraries of the Doges palace, so unfortunately they cannot take this tour.
Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.
What can I bring with me on this tour?
St. Mark's Basilica has very tight rules about what you can and cannot bring inside. Anything bigger than a purse - including backpacks or luggage - is NOT allowed inside the Basilica. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any bags larger than a purse with you.
Is there air conditioning?
There is no AC which means the narrow passages featured throughout can become quite hot over the course of the tour.
Does this tour run when it rains?
This tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities. In these cases we endeavor to contact customers as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.

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