Why Choose This Tour?
Discover St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace in the most complete and
rewarding way possible. With an expert local guide you’ll embark on an in-depth
exploration of what few visitors never get to see. We’re talking, of course, about
the Doge’s Palace secret passages, the palace’s hidden labyrinth of secret meeting
halls, offices, torture chambers and top-security prison cells!
With special access you’ll see more of the Doge’s Palace than most other
By exploring the secret passages, you get away from the crowds elsewhere in the
Doge’s Palace and walk in the footsteps of Venice’s most colorful characters. Our
favorite? Casanova, that legendary romantic – yes, he did exist! As you’ll learn, he
deserves all of the lore. Against all odds, he was able to escape his cell here in the
palace, a cell you’ll get to see exclusively in the secret passages tour.
As well as hearing Venice’s juiciest stories, a visit to the secret passages means
getting to walk through the hidden cells and rooms that the majority of Venetians never even knew about! Exploring the secret rooms, with their antique cabinets and
creaky floors, will truly make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
You will also discover the rest of the Doge’s Palace with your expert guide, from the
Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council. Admire the beautiful and dramatic
paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto and explore the magnificent halls that
demonstrate the prestige of the Venetian Republic.
Explore the unexpected dark side of St. Mark’s Basilica.
But this isn’t just a Doge’s Palace tour. This is a complete and comprehensive tour of
Venice’s two most famous attractions. Your next stop? Stunning St. Mark’s Basilica –
one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world!
Absolutely enormous, the basilica has 4,000 square meters of mosaic alone. Its
history dates back to the 9th century, so there's a lot to explore. Hear the captivating
stories of the basilica’s founding (involving a prophecy and a theft), learn of the less-than-honest way in which it acquired its most beautiful artifacts, and explore the
church’s countless treasures.
Small groups, special access, local guides. What more could you want?
Throughout your tour you’ll travel in small groups of only 12 people or fewer so
you’ll find that your guide is always easy to hear and engage with. Ask all the questions you want – our guides are Venetian
locals who spend a lot of time in the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, so you’ll
find it hard to catch them out. They’re passionate about the history and art of Venice
and about sharing that passion with you, so they’d love to hear your queries.
With privileged entrance at both sights, we potentially save hours during busy times
that would otherwise have been spent in line, while special access allows us to go far
beyond the usual visitor experience for an adventure into the Doge’s Palace secret
Leave no stone unturned or door unopened on this complete, comprehensive, and
thoroughly VIP exploration of Venice’s two most beautiful sites!
Please note that due to Doge's Palace rules, we cannot accommodate children under 6 years old in the Secret Passages.