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

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3.5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Take a step off the normal tourist path on the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour: an all-access adventure into the rooms the Venetian dukes tried to hide. Visit Casanova's prison cell, the torture chamber and the secret archives. You'll also explore the best general access areas, finishing your exploration inside St. Mark's Basilica, marveling at jaw-dropping gold mosaics.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Explore the more impenetrable parts of the Doge's Palace, including torture chambers and interrogation rooms
  • Created with Sketch.Learn more about the people who passed through this building
  • Created with Sketch.Acquaint yourself with St. Mark's Basilica and marvel at the treasure trove housed within

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • We use and offer hand sanitizer before, during, and after all tours
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • Masks will be worn and are available if you do not have one
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

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

Due to Covid-19, this tour has been amended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests. St Marks Basilica may be subject to visit restrictions, your tour will be ammended on the day to offer you the most comprehensive experience avaiable. Please also note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.

The Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries tour takes you inside the hidden world of Venetian politics and punishment, so you can learn the stories behind the stones. With your local guide, you'll enter the hidden corridors of this mysterious palace, visiting prison cells, torture chambers and secret council rooms.

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Due to Covid-19, this tour has been amended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests. St Marks Basilica may be subject to visit restrictions, your tour will be ammended on the day to offer you the most comprehensive experience avaiable. Please also note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.

The Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries tour takes you inside the hidden world of Venetian politics and punishment, so you can learn the stories behind the stones. With your local guide, you'll enter the hidden corridors of this mysterious palace, visiting prison cells, torture chambers and secret council rooms.

You'll start by skipping the entrance line at the Doge's Palace and walking straight in, where a guard will open a special door for you and lead you into an area of the palace that, for hundreds of years, was off-limits to all but the most high ranking of Venice's leaders. You'll explore torture chambers and interrogation rooms, special prison cells for VIPs, secret archives, and the offices of some of the men who made Venice a key center of power in Medieval Europe. As you go, you'll learn the stories of the people who passed through this building, including the real-life Giacomo Casanova who, as it turned out, lived up to his reputation and then some. You'll even stop off at the very prison cell where he was imprisoned and from which he escaped.

After going behind the scenes on the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour, you'll step back into the general access areas for a look at the places where the public business of the empire was conducted. From the opulent Hall of the Great Council, to the tiny footbridge famously known as the 'Bridge of Sighs' (though not for the reason you might think), you'll enjoy a fully-guided tour of the most interesting rooms of the Palazzo Ducale.

Your tour isn't quite over yet, though! After the Doge's Palace, you'll visit Venice's other most popular attraction; St. Mark's Basilica. This masterwork of Byzantine architecture is one of the most famous and unique churches in Italy, and for good reason! It's home to some of Europe's finest mosaics and a literal treasure trove of goods that were, ahem, acquired by Venetians as they sailed the seven seas, including the Pala D'oro altarpiece.

  • 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
  • Pala D'oro
  • 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
This tour meets in St. Mark's Square.
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Walks of Italy went above and beyond. We showed up on the wrong day for our tour and I was really upset that I had screwed up the dates, as we were really looking forward to the tour and were leaving Italy the next day. Everyone associated with the tour was great, providing options and ultimately we were able to go on the tour. The tour was very good - I highly recommend it for anyone going. We were able to learn a lot about the palace and life in Venice while removed from a lot of the crowds!

Our guide arrived early as did we, to our meeting location. She held a small sign & even walk outside of the Corer Museum patio to be seen & look for those that may have gotten misdirected. She greeted me & my small group & introduced herself and chatted about the what, where & how's of this tour & Venice in general.She was very warm & personable.She spoke loud & clear throughout the tour.She made sure we walked at a pace conducive for the group to view what she pointed out & then she moved on. She expertly navigated our group through Doge's Palace & St Marks thru all the other touring groups & waited for the slow lookers if necessary. She was very detailed & knowledgeable on all things Doge's Palce & St Mark Cathedral. We were shocked 2 learn that the reason behind the top of gondolas being taken off was the inability to sail under Venice bridges. Also, how quickly Venices military boats could be constructed & ready for battle. Which proved Venice a formidable foe for quite some time. All the Best Jill@jettesetters Travel (Agent) Tiarra, Denise & Sheila St. Louis,Missouri USA


FAQ

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Wheelchair accessible?
No, unfortunatley they are not. But tours to general-access areas are.

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