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

469 reviews

3.5 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

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
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • We ask our guides and guests to wash their hands regularly and carry hand sanitzier
  • Our guides and guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the local government regulations
  • 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

  • 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. Are you ready to step inside?Imagine if the rooms in your home featured ceiling frescoes by Venetian masters.From rooms like these the Doge ran an empire that spanned the Mediterranean. Venice's arsenal was once among the most productive in Europe and many Venetian weapons still exist today. It took a lot of men with swords to protect Venice's trade routes. Pictures of various Doges, along with their exploits, line the Hall of the Great Council. This is the largest canvas painting in the world - Il Paradiso, by Tintoretto and his workshop. Their is barely inch of the Hall of the Great Council that isn't adorned with art. The hallways of the prisons are nowhere near as nice as the rest of the palaceYou'll visit the prison cell where Casanova was kept & hear of his great escape!A jail cell in the New PrisonsWelcome to the torture chamber: that's a hanging rope in the background.This is one pedestal you definitely never wanted to find yourself on in Venice. A rope around the neck was very useful for extracting information from enemies of the empire. Step inside the famous Bridge of Sighs.They're getting the standard view of the Bridge of Sighs. You're getting the VIP view. Under the right light the 43,000 square feet of mosaics in St. Mark's glow with golden lightThe Byzantine architecture and decoration in St. Mark's Basilica make it one of the most unique holy places in ItalyBelieve it or not, the frescoes in St. Mark's Basilica are all made of gold

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Latest Reviews

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


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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