Explore this massive Venetian Palace adorned with masterpieces by renaissance masters such as Tintoretto, Tiziano and Veronese. Discover the inner workings of the former Republic of Venice and the importance of its highest ranking official: The Doge.


  • Priority entrance in a small group of max 16 people
  • Listen to stories and legends of the mighty Republic of Venice
  • Admire the incredible frescoes by Tintoretto and Veronese


Meet your expert local guide and start an incredible journey through history and art to discover one of the most famous landmarks in Venice: The Palazzo Ducale.

As supreme authority of the Venetian Republic, the Doge both resided and worked in this magnificent Palace built in 1340 AD. On this 2-hour tour you will learn the history of this fascinating palazzo, walk along its winding hallways, take in the magnificent courtyards and enjoy the heart stopping view over the Venetian Lagoon. You’ll also hear of the dark heart of Venice as you explore the underground prisons and hear the tales of their unfortunate occupants. Walk a mile in their shoes and cross the famous “Bridge of Sighs” where many prisoners caught their last glimpse of the outside world before meeting their tragic fate.

Your local guide will show you one of the largest halls in Italy: the majestic Room of the Great Council. Adorned with works of art signed by masters such as Titian and Tintoretto – the Doge’s throne took center stage in this sprawling space where weekly meetings took place with the most prominent patrician males of the period.

With the help of our guides, let your imagination take you centuries back in time when these splendid halls were packed with elegantly dressed Venetians discussing the destiny of their magnificent city.


  • Priority skip-the-line access
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Small group – max 16 participants


  • Gratuities
  • Personal extras
  • Lunch

Know before you book

  • Tour departs rain or shine
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to the route covered and/or the means of transportation used, it is not possible to participate in this tour using a wheelchair, scooter, or other aid. Please contact us to inquire about customized tour options for guests with mobility challenges

Know before you go

  • Bring a hat and sunblock during summer months
  • Bring water to drink
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

Cancellation Policy

  • Up to 48 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund
  • Less than 48 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

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