Discover the secrets of the ancient Republic
Venice in the past Centuries was a powerful, independent country.
Thanks to their ability in diplomacy, trades and businesses, the Venetians in few Centuries where able to become one of the richest countries of Europe.
The Palazzo Ducale (the Doge's Palace) was the seat of the government until 1797, when Venice was conquered by Napoleon.
Into the Palace you will see the grandiose halls of the Parliament and the Senate, the solemn rooms where Justice was administered, and you will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs, to go to the fearful state prisons.
Following the steps of judges and guards, passing through secret passage and climbing secret staircases, your guide will bring you behind the public rooms, to see where the most secret activities of the Venetian government took place, where the secret papers and records where kept, where people were questioned and tortured.
You will see the famous Piombi, where Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned, and you will listen the incredible story of his escape.
From the chosen meeting point, we will go to the Piazza San Marco, where I will explain you the Square and all the monuments around it.
Using my pass to skip the line, we will enter the Palazzo Ducale (the Doge's Palace), the former seat of the venetian government, which will impress you with its huge halls, important artworks, dark prisons. Passing through secret passages and climbing staircases that in the Past were used just by guards, spies and the most important employees of the Venetian administration, we will then see together the secret rooms of the Palace, the Secret Chancery, the torture chamber, and even the cell from which Casanova escaped in 1756.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet at the main bus&car terminal, the railway station, St. Mark's square and your hotel if it is in Venice.
Let me know where you are going to stay, so I will agree with you the best meeting point and time.
Please, note that if you are on a cruise ship, we can meet at the cruise terminal, but we will need 4 hours instead of 3 to see all the sites included
End location: sually this tour ends close to St Mark's Square.
I will show you how to go back to your hotel or how to go to any other place you need to go.
Duration: 3 hours
Walking. Comfortable shoes are required
My service as a private licensed guide and Art Historian for 3 hours.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Eur - Any private expenses like snacks, drinks, souvenirs, ...
The Doge's palace Secret itineraries ticket costs 25 euro
(for students and over 65 is 18,00).
Any personal expenses, from food to souvenirs.
As a Licensed Tourist Guide of Venice, I have no restrictions at all.
I am not a driver.