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

614 reviews

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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Total Customer Reviews: 614

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Our tour guide Mosé was exceptional.
Verified · Giuseppe · Sep 16, 2023 · Australia · Male · 55 to 64 years
Martina on the VIP Doge’s Palace Secret Passages Tour was splendid. So knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the information on the tour. Great pace, and she made sure everyone felt welcome. Do it, she’s the best.
Verified · Jeff · Sep 14, 2023 · USA · Male · 55 to 64 years
Virginia was excellent at putting the history of the Doge’s Palace into context for us. She was extremely friendly and took care to answer all our questions.
Verified · Steve · Sep 10, 2023 · USA · Male · 55 to 64 years
Pamela was our tour guide. She was terrific; very informative and interesting. The directions, meeting information, and process were seamless.
Verified · Rosanne · Sep 09, 2023 · USA · Female · 65 to 74 years
Really interesting tour exploring highlights of the palace and areas normally roped off. Tour guide was excellent. Would recommend.
Verified · Carole · Sep 07, 2023 · United Kingdom · Female · 55 to 64 years

Meeting Point

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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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