The best of the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs
The history of the lion’s Republic: a charming journey in the polical herat of Venice, the Doge’s Palace, the seat of the government of the Most Serene Republic for almost 1000 years. Itinerary: Institutional Chambers, Bridge of Sighs and Prisons.
The Doge’s Palace offers the chance of going deeper into the history of Venice, its extraordinary political system that preserved a very long period of social peace.
Starting in the beautiful courtyard with the staicase of the Giants Mars and Neptune, we retrace the birth of the ancent castle, and we begin the Institutional itinerary including the Doge’s Apartment, the Monumental Chambers of the State Institutions and the Armory. This will be a unique opportunity to reflect on the history of the city, its political and administrative organization and most especially its method of dispensing justice. Finally we cross the famous bridge of Sighs and visit the Prisons.
The tour can be completed with the Secret part of the Palace, where the bureaucratic machine of the state arranged the exercise of power. The secret Venice itinerary includes visit of the “piombi”, the famous lead cells under the roof of the Palace (including the cell which also housed the famous libertine and lover, Giacomo Casanova); the disturbing Torture Chamber and the incredible floor of the Great Council.
The tour can be completed with the Secret part of the Palace, where the bureaucratic machine of the state arranged the exercise of power. The secret itinerary includes visit of the “piombi”, the famous lead cells under the roof of the Palace (including the cell which also housed the famous libertine and lover, Giacomo Casanova); the disturbing Torture Chamber and the incredible floor of the Great Council.
around 2 hours
Reservation is not mandatory. For groups with a minimun 10 pax the use of whisper headsets is mandatory (the headsets can be rented inside the Palace for 1 euro per person).
Morning tours start at 9 am or 11 am and last 2 or 4 hours. Afternoon tours can be scheduled at your convenience.
- AT YOUR HOTEL/APARTMENT: We are glad to come and pick you up at your hotel lobby if you stay downtown. Otherwise see the other pmeeting points in google maps:
- IN SAINT MARK’S SQUARE:
At the exit door of the Doge’s Palace (Porta della Carta).
- IN RIALTO:
Campo San Bartolomeo, just at Carlo Goldoni’s statue.
- AT THE RAILWAY STATION:
Outside the railway station, on the stairs under the clock on the left hand side.
€ 80,00 € per hour up to 9 persons. If you want to book more than one tour, for larger groups, or for special tour, rates upon request. Fares do not include admission tickets for Museums/Churches or transportation fees.
Suppelent pick up far from St Mark’s Square or at the railway/cruise terminal €25/30.
Within 3 days before the tour no penalty.
From 3 to 2 days before the tour, 50% penalty
Less than 2 days before the tour and no show, 100% penalty.
The tour can be considered confirmed after you receive the Confirmation Form with all practical information.
We are not legally responsible for services provided by other business partners. In case of circumstances beyond our control or unforeseen events, we might not be able to lead the tour. Pre-paid tours will be fully refunded.
Remember that even during the tour parents are responsible for their children’s actions: don’t relax too much!
Since we are not a tour operator, according to the Italian Law we are responsible only for the quality of our service: we strongly recommend to arrange a travel insurance covering any kind of accidents that might occur during your trip (including a medical and personal insurance).