Doge’s Palace “Prisons & Tyranny” Tour in Venice

Skip the lines in a Small Group with an Insightful Guide

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 38 Reviews · 2.00h 18 max · Venice, Italy

Hear how the Dukes of Venice ruled the “republic” using fear tactics, imprisonment, and torture. Now, the palace stands as a reminder of how the law was carried out in Venice. Make your experience more memorable with your knowledgeable guide making you laugh and have you in awe with the stories they tell. Skip the line with your small group and go behind the scenes to see the best parts of this incredible Gothic palace. Admissions included.

Tour Details
  • Skip the Line
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge’s Palace Exterior
  • The Palace Courtyard
  • Giant Staircase
  • Golden Staircase
  • Great Council Chamber
  • Doge’s Palace Prison Cells
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Explore Even More!

The Doge's Palace is where the highest-elected magistrates ruled Venice with an iron fist. Go back in time with your passionate tour guide to hear stories of crime, betrayal and the legal system that once kept Venice in check. Inside the Venetian Gothic palace, admire works of art by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. See the Golden Staircase, the Bridge of Sighs and even some prison cells. This 2-hour includes:

  • A Memorable Experience

  • Fun, English-speaking local tour guide

  • Maximum group size of 10

  • Great Stories and Secrets Unveiled

  • Skip the line Doge's Palace tickets

Experience Doge's Palace History

Meet your local, passionate guide outside Doge's Palace. Before skipping the line on your guided tour, admire the building’s exterior and learn about St. Mark’s Square. The Doge's Palace, or Palazzo Ducale in Italiano, is a perfect example of Venetian Gothic architecture.

Once home to the Doge when the city was a Republic, the palace sits next to St. Mark's Basilica (the former private place of worship for the Doge). 

Doge's Palace Interior

The interior of the Doge's Palace is grand to say the least. Inside you’ll find marble fireplaces, friezes and stucco adorning the walls. Some works of art stand out over the rest and our guide will lead you straight to them.

These grand creations include frescoes by Titian and Veronese. Take a look at the Stairs of Gold, which connect the first floor of the palace to the third, where offices were located.

Bridge of Sighs

Doge's Palace not only held the seat of the Venetian Republic - it also connected to a prison via the famous Bridge of Sighs. Linking freedom with incarceration, prisoners walked across this bridge before spending years or even the remainder of their lives behind bars.

If that wasn’t enough to sigh about, the small windows carved into the bridge offered convicts their last glance of beautiful Venice. That's plenty to sigh about. 

What you get with this tour
Skip the Line
Doge's Palace Tickets Included
English Speaking Guide
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Amazing
01 January 2022
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Reviewed by
Amy Garrity

Walking through on your own would never suffice. Our guide brought the palace and the prisons to life!

So much history in one palace!
11 December 2021
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Reviewed by
Jason Nor

The tour lady gave me so much information that it was kind of overwhelming but it was also exciting. I’ve learned a lot in such a short amount of time. The tour was crowded so it was perfect. There weee only a total of 3 in the tour which felt personal. Our tour lady is amazing and showed the little hidden details and gems throughout the palace. Thank you for making an amazing experience that I will never forget!

Perfect
24 November 2021
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Reviewed by
Sarah Kim

Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Learned a lot from her about the palace, its artwork, and the town in general.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square (columns of San Marco & San Teodoro) located on the south side of the square, near the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

What to bring?

Comfortable walking shoes.

Where to meet?

Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square (columns of San Marco & San Teodoro) located on the south side of the square, near the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

What should I bring?

A sense of curiosity, comfortable shoes, your phone or camera and a water bottle. Don't bring large backpacks or bags.

What to bring?

Comfortable walking shoes.

I have doubts about my mobility. Is this the right tour for me?

If you have reduced mobility, we suggest taking a private Doge's Palace tour. The itinerary is much more flexible and easily modified.

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