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Doge’s Palace Tour with Secret Itineraries
Duration tour: 1,25 Hours
Start time: 09:00 AM
What you will visit on this tour:
- Doge’s Palace
- Secret chambers and archives of the Doge’s Palace exclusive to Secret Itineraries
- The New Prisons (visit without guide)
On this unique tour you will visit the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, discovering a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architectures. The seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Here you will hear the story of how, for more than 1.000 years, the Dukes decided the fate of the republic. Thanks to this fascinating Doge’s Palace Venice & Secret Itineraries tour, you will be transported back at the time when Venice was living its golden age and the Doge’s Palace was the centre of the political power of the Serenissima. The Doge’s Palace in Italy as the Palazzo Ducale is the most important museum in Venice. It was once the Republic’s seat of power, the palace of justice and the official residence of the doge. During over a 1000 years this palace housed 120 Doges (Dukes). You will be amazed by the stories your guide will share with you when you walk through the Doge’s private, luxurious apartments and powerful halls with its enormous paintings and frescos by Tintoretto and Veronese. Historical records note that the first Ducal Palace in Venice was built around the end of the 10th century, but much of this Byzantine part of the palace was a victim of subsequent reconstruction efforts. The construction of the most recognizable part of the palace, the Gothic-style south façade facing the water, was begun in 1340 in order to hold the meeting chamber for the Great Council. Inside of this palace you’ll find a flight of stairs that led to the Doge’s private quarters, known as the “Scala dei Giganti” flanked by huge statues of Mars and Neptune. The façade facing the courtyard is more classical in style, having been rebuilt after a fire in the mid 1500s. Inside, the walls are made of stucco and the ceilings feature ornate works of art. The doge’s apartment is the second floor while the chancellery offices were located on the first. On the third level you will find the Sala del Collegio, where the doge met with foreign ambassadors and there you will see the portraits of all of Venice’s doges, except one, who disgraced himself by attempting a coup d’etat. Visitors can also explore the maps room and the Armory. The Grand Chamber Council, also on the second floor, is the largest room inside the Palazzo Ducale, measuring nearly the entire length of the southern façade, which looks out onto the waterfront. This was where the ruling elite of Venice met, usually about 1,000 individuals total. In this room, guests can view Tintoretto’s “Paradise”, an amazing full-wall work completed in 1577. Finally, you will continue to explore the palace with a visit to the scary prison, the gun room with an impressive collection of weapons and you will see the new prison which is connected to the palace via the now famous Bridge of Sighs. This is the last sight they see before they were taken to their cells.
- Expert tour guide.
- Tickets and reservation fees for Doge’s Palace.
- Skip the line access.
- Infants 0-5 years : Free. Reduced tickets for children aged 6 to 14.
- Groups no larger than 25 people.
Meeting point : 20 minutes before the start of the tour at Ponte della Paglia Bridge.