Doge's Palace exclusive tour with secret passages access and skip-the-line tickets to St Mark's Basilica
Attractions & monuments

Doge's Palace exclusive tour with secret passages access and skip-the-line tickets to St Mark's Basilica

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Availability: From Monday to Saturday
Duration: up to 3 hours 30 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Visit the Doge's Palace and discover the prestigious Venetian Republic
  • Explore a hidden labyrinth of secret archives, torture chambers and prisons
  • Skip the lines at St Mark's Basilica and enjoy an independent visit
What to expect

Live an exclusive experience discovering the best of Venice away from the classic tourist routes. In fact, you'll have the opportunity to access behind the scenes of the Doge’s Palace in Venice to unveil secret archives, courtrooms, torture chambers and even the prison cells where the famous Casanova was locked up!

Your expert local guide will lead you through the secret passages of the Doge's Palace and will entertain you with interesting anecdotes as you explore a place usually inaccessible to the majority of tourists. Travel back in time as you walk on creaky floors to discover hidden rooms and antique cabinets. Some parts of the palace have remained secret to most people living in Venice for centuries!

The Doge's Palace used to be the home of the Doge and the heart of the city and the Serenissima Republic for 700 years. The general assembly used to meet here to make all important decisions for the city of Venice. Follow the guide to visit the Doge’s lavish apartments, the Hall of the Great Council and the Sala della Scrutinio. The palace housed a magnificent gallery of masterpieces and works of art: today you can admire paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto, as well as works by Vecellio, Zelorri e Vicentino.

Continue on to discover the prisons and live the adventure of the famous Casanova, who was imprisoned but still managed to escape from his cell! You will also have the chance to visit most of the historical sites of Venice such as the Armoury, the Bridge of Sighs, St Marks's Basilica, St Mark's Square, the Bell Tower and the Marciana Library (the latter two only from the outside).

At the end of your Doge’s Palace tour, your guide will give you a full introduction to St Mark's Basilica and you'll receive skip-the-line tickets for an independently visit.

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What's included
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to St Mark's Basilica (without guide)
  • Entrance tickets to the Doge's Palace
  • Special access to the Doge's Palace secret passageways
  • Earphones (if necessary)
  • Expert local tour guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Access to the Bell Tower and the Marciana Library
Reduced price
  • Infants (0-1 years): free
  • Children (2-14 years): reduced

Piazza San Marco, 16, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:

Outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in St Mark's Square. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour starting time.

What to remember
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not accessble to wheelchair users and people with motor disabilities or pregnant women. Children under 6 years of age are not allowed inside the secret passageways
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  • From Monday to Saturday at 12.30pm
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the activity begins.
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