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

537 reviews

3 hours

Max 15

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


Verified Customer Reviews

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4.9 /5
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Latest reviews
Nico was a well informed, well spoken, and entertaining tour guide. Although the tour was long, it was so interesting that we could have stayed longer. Nico kept our interest with his tales of Casanova, and his descriptions transported us in time to the days of long ago. I highly recommend this tour!
William · Sep 25, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Nico, our guide, made the Doges tour come alive with his humor, historical knowledge and enthusiasm.
Barbara · Sep 21, 2022 · United States · Female · 75 or older years
Really enjoyed this tour. Was super cool to see the behind the scenes and tour guide was interesting and fun. Would recommend.
Rebecca · Sep 10, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
Our guide was keen to ensure we understood the history and particulars of what we were seeing, which added to our understanding and appreciation. I would highly recommend this tour.
Erika · Sep 06, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
We loved this experience! Our guide, Ellena, was most informative and shared interesting insights into the life of a Venetian and the history of Venice. The secret tour was great, showing the behind the scenes and secret passageways of the Doge’s Palace. Would highly recommend!
Abigail · Aug 27, 2022 · Australia · Female · 25 to 34 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.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.  


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.
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.

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