Behind the scene: the secret itinerary in the Doge's Palace

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An intriguing journey in the mysterious backstage of the Venetian politics: let’s explore the ancient tower of the former castle, from the humid dungeons up till the top, through secret passages, into Torture Chamber and follow Casanova’s footsteps.

The backstage of power: the life in prison and the incredible escape of Giacomo Casanova.


The secret itinerary is an extraordinary chance of completing the tour of the Institutional part of the Doge’s Palace and get a full vision of teh Venetian history.

The Doge’s Palace was not only the seat of government, but also the Palace of Justice. Justice was administrated in a modern and effective way in the Official Chambers (open to the public without restictions), and in the so called secret part of the Doge’s Palace, situated inside one of the ancient towers of the ducal castle (reservation is mandatory).

This is a unique chance to go deeper into the history of Venice, its efficient socal organization and its system of justice. From courtyard, we enter the  Pozzi, (Wells) the hadest cells where one could hardly survive, we climb a narrow staircase in order to reach the offices of burocracy. We see the  Chamber of Tortures and then we enter the Piombi, the prison under the roof of the Palace, where the famous Giacomo Casanova escaped form. We can also take a look at the attic of the huge Sala del Maggior Consiglio (Room of the Great Council). Finally we continue the institutional itinerary onto the Brdge of Sighsand the New Prisons.

The secret itinerary is an extraordinary chance of completing the tour of the Institutional part of the Doge’s Palace and get a full vision of teh Venetian history.

Discover  here kids-friendly version of the tour


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:

At the exit door of the Doge’s Palace (Porta della Carta).


Campo San Bartolomeo, just at Carlo Goldoni’s statue. 


Outside the railway station, on the stairs under the clock on the left hand side.


    Near the Alilaguna desk (public water buses)

€ 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.

Please note the tour will run, rain or sunshine and even in case of a flooding event.
Cancellation in the previous 72 hours prior to the tour departure will be charged 100% via PayPal.

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).


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