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Secret Itineraries Tour of the Doge's Palace


The Secret Itinerary through the Doge's Palace covers the rooms and chambers where the delicate work of some of the most important bodies in the Venetian administration was carried out. It lasts about an hour and a quarter. The tour offers an interesting insight into the civil and political history of the city, its public organisations and administration of justice. The visit must be pre booked, and can only take place at certain times and conditions and in the company of a special tour guide who will explain all features of each individual room.

Price 20 Euros.
Concessions 14 Euros (see site for details).


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Contact Details

Address: The Doge's Palace, San Marco, Venezia.

According to Google: Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Telephone: (+39) 041 42730892

Opening Hours

The tour runs every day apart from Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Booking (at least 2 days in advance) is required.

Tour in Italian at 9.30 am and 11.10 am.
Tour in English at 9.55 am, 10.45 am and 11.35 am.
Tour in French at 10.20 am, midday.

To book call +39 041 42730892 (open Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm. Saturday, from 9 am to 2 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays.) or online via the website.


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photo Review by Christian Stock on Monday the 16 of October, 2017 at 5:00 am
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Historic palace with rooms full of artwork and dungeons. The palace offers a bit of variety, including decorated rooms with medieval Italian paintings and elaborate artwork, a show of medieval weapons and a little tour through the prisons/dungeons. While the artwork is interesting, I would rate the dungeons the highlight, especially for kids. We went in October and the queue was minimal at lunchtime, there was no need to pre-order. The self-guided tour takes about an hour.

photo Review by Kaliel Aeolian on Thursday the 7 of September, 2017 at 5:38 am
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Touristic and busy for a reason - overwhelmingly rich and over the top, week to wall paintings and ornate details. And the history, history, history. Read first, or get the audio guide. The line in the late afternoon is much less than after lunch or late morning. Takes 2-3 hours if you want to admire details. Beware of altered opening/closing times with no notice when official functions/events occur.

photo Review by May Luong on Tuesday the 3 of October, 2017 at 6:24 am
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Absolutely stunning! Each room you walked into was bigger and more impressive than the last. The ceilings were covered in gold and the walls were covered in larger than life art pieces!

photo Review by Becky Tyler on Sunday the 24 of September, 2017 at 7:42 am
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Just breathtaking! I highly recommend you spend a few hours here. I didn't pay for the head set tour guide, but I think I would next time. I found myself listening in to tour groups as they went past to get some information that wasn't in Italian.

photo Review by Ray Creamer on Friday the 8 of September, 2017 at 11:09 pm
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I love this place. Very evocative, especially in the room with paintings of all the past doges. Look for the one where his face has been blacked out ; see if you can find out what he did to have the Venetian do this!

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