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Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour

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Overview

Experience the magnificence and mystery of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this skip-the-line ticket. Head to the front of the queue with your guide, and then wander through the palace’s ornate public rooms as you learn the history of Venice’s powerful rulers. Admire magnificent interior artwork, including Renaissance masterpieces by painters Tintoretto and Veronese. Explore the palace’s darker side with a visit to the prison quarters and a walk across the notorious Bridge of Sighs.
  • 2-hour tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Skip the long lines and enjoy fast-track admission to the magnificent Venetian-Gothic palace
  • Explore the beautiful public chambers and see Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Learn about the dogs of Venice who ruled the republic with iron fists
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs and tour the New Prisons
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Local expert English-speaking licensed guide
Skip-the-line tickets to the Doge's Palace
Headset to hear the guide clearly when there are more than 8 participants in the group
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Giardini Reali , P.za San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Entrance to the Royal Gardens, on the waterfront of St Mark's Square - You'll meet Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator outside the gardens, in front of the wrought iron Gate holding a sign with the name of the tour and Avventure Bellissime logo written on it.

Doge's Palace , P.za San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
One of the architectural and cultural highlights of Venice, the Doge’s Palace was the seat of the Venetian Republic and its rulers for centuries. Meet your local guide at Venice’s Royal Gardens for a short walk to the palace in St Mark’s Square. Admire the magnificent Gothic exterior before heading to the front of the long queue with your skip-the-line ticket.

Wander through the palace’s awe-inspiring public rooms, decorated from floor to ceiling with gilded decor and elaborate murals. Admire masterpieces of Renaissance painting, including works by Tintoretto and the striking Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice by Veronese. As you explore, listen to your guide’s narration through provided headsets so all visitors can hear clearly.

See the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten and learn about the powerful and secretive practices the mighty doges used to rule the Venetian Republic for centuries. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the adjoining New Prison complex, where convicts and enemies of the republic were confined. Walk in the footsteps of the condemned as you explore the foreboding hallways and cells of the prison. Your 2-hour tour concludes back outside the palace in the welcoming, open air of St Mark’s Square.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
Enjoy a 2 hrs in depht tour of the Doges Palace and visit the famous Prisons.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Scala dei Giganti di Palazzo Ducale
While standing in the courtyard as your guide will introduce you to the Doges Palace architecture and history, see and learn about the Giant Staircase leading up to the Palace and used for formal entrances.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs connecting the Doge's Palace to the Prisons and learn why it was given this name.
Pass By:  
Porta Della Carta
Learn about the Main entrance of the Doges Palace, the paper door that links the Doges Palace to St Mark's Basilica.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • At times, Doges Palace can close without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
  • Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to the Doge’s Palace and all related areas will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate). Please remember to also bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity. This doesn't apply to children less than 12 years old.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Avventure Bellissime
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-5
Doge place and prison
James_R
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Tour was very enjoyable. Bridge of sighs was cool to see.
star-5
I’m glad I hired a guide....
Elisa_M
, Jun 2022
I’m glad I hired a guide. So much history that I would have missed. Arianna with Avventure Bellissime was very knowledgeable and pleasant, good English.
star-5
Great way to see the Doge's Palace
Max_S
, Jun 2022
Great guide, brought the history of the doges palace to life. Interesting and engaging. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great tour
Sam_G
, Jun 2022
Christina was great and the tour was very interesting throughout its entirety. I would recommend to anyone visiting
star-5
A “must see”in Venice
Marcia_D
, May 2022
I believe this one of those places with need to visit with a guide! Our guide gave us an overview of Venice’s history while presenting us the palace, which made every single detail inside much more meaningful and memorable. A great storyteller :-)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The best part was going to jail :)
Mariel_R
, May 2022
The prison tour was definitely the highlight of the Doge's Palace so it was worth it to book this tour. Our guide was great! Lots of good information, we got a bathroom stop and it was fairly fast-paced so our son (6 years old) didn't get bored. Seeing the jail and knowing how recently it was decommissioned was quite astonishing!
star-3
A very knowledgeable...
David_B
, May 2022
A very knowledgeable guide, but not enough time spent in the area of the prison. This part of the tour felt rushed, and could have been much more atmospheric.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Client, Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad the guide met your expectations as far as the doges Palace tour. In regards to the prisons, when putting together this tour we have decided to give more importance to the history and amazing works of art inside the doges palace itself. Our tours are conducted by guides with degrees mainly in art & history and although the prisons are part of the Doges Palace experience from an historic perspective, we have decided, on this specific tour, to show an example of prison where criminals were kept along with the famous bridge of sighs, which use was connected to the bad ending of criminals at the time of La Serenissima. Kindest Regards, Monica
star-3
Doges tour
Judith_H
, May 2022
Our guide was knowledgeable but we felt somewhat rushed through areas & would have appreciated more time & discussion of certain aspects of Venetian history & of the art. Perhaps this could be created as a separate tour.
star-5
Doges palace tour and bridge of sighs
Peter_L
, May 2022
Bridge of sighs. The main council chamber and the depth of knowledge of the guide. The whole place is steeped in history that you need to be aware of as you walk round. Definitely need a guide.
star-5
great tour at the palace, avoiding the queue
Gyula_K
, Apr 2022
Our guide had deep knowledge about Venetian history, no questions were unanswered :) The tour is about 2 hrs long, absolutely worth taking.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Client, Thank you for taking the time to send a 5 star review about our small group doges palace tour. We work with a team of highly competent guides, all with in depht knowledge about the art and history of Venice. Yours sincerely, Monica
star-5
Fun day at the Palace
Ayana_B
, Apr 2022
Loved the Palace tour. Our tour provided met us at the exact location they said and it was easy to find. She was very knowledgeable and fun!
star-5
We learned and saw so much more than we expected.
Georgia_F
, Apr 2022
It was wonderful to skip the line and learn so much from our guide, Georgia. She put the history into context and shared important details about how Venice ruled for over a thousand years. If we had not have taken this tour and went unguided we would have only seen the “tip of the iceberg.” Do yourself a favor and take this tour!
star-1
Scam
Amanda_F
, Apr 2022
Brought tickets online, arrived at the palace and there was no tour guide. We searched the palace for 30 minutes and nobody knew anything about the tour. It’s a scam.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Client, Maybe you are writing not about our tour as our tour meeting point is not at the doges Palace. We are an honest company that has been operating this business. If you did not go to the meeting point how could you joyn the tour.? Kind Regards Monica
star-5
Brilliant - a great tour
Sara_C
, Apr 2022
Laura was a fantastic guide - knowledgable, engaged and engaging. Her English was sensational and really brought the palace to life with her colourful and expressive intonation. Having the earpieces really helped too. We learnt lots about the palace and Venetian history - a great way to spend the afternoon.
star-5
Great tour of Doge’s palace
Colleen_M
, Oct 2021
Great tour. Our guide Georgia was extremely knowledgeable and learning about the history and politics of Venice was enlightening.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Colleen Thank you for your 5-star feedback about your private tour of the Doge's Palace with Giorgia. We are very happy the tour was informative and enlightening. We have already forwarded your comments to Giorgia and we hope to welcome you on our Venice tours again in the future! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Manager @ Avventure Bellissime
star-5
Don't hesitate, book now!
Jessica_M
, Jul 2021
Definitely worthwhile! Our guide was fantastic and had lots of information pertaining to the palace. I would highly recommend plus am even willing to do this tour again.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Guests, Thank you for your kind feedback about our expert Doge's Palace guide and tour. We are very pleased you had a fantastic experience on the tour and we appreciate your recommendation. Hopefully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you to Venice again in the future! Thank you for touring with Avventure Bellissime! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept @ Avventure Bellissime
star-5
Doge palace
Holly_S
, Mar 2020
Had a great time, very informative and interesting. Wonderful tour guide has us guessing and made it fun!
star-5
wonderful afternoon
Milda_R
, Feb 2020
Stephano was our guide was a very friendly and knowledgeable, he is a local Venetian and really made the tour enjoyable and informative. The tour of the Doges Palace was informative from both historical and human interest/cultural perspectives. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and heavily recommend!
star-5
Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour
Lillian H
, Dec 2019
This tour was very interesting. When you walk across the Bridge of Sighs you can see why it was called that. Seeing the prisoner's graffiti on the walls and walking through the cells really brings history to life. The Doge's Palace tour was interesting too.
star-5
Amazing
Beth S
, Nov 2019
Tour as described. Excellent meeting directions. A must see in Venice. Well worth the time and visit.

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