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Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

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This is our booking page for the very popular 'Secret Itineraries' tours of the Doge's Palace, Venice. With each passing year this attraction becomes increasingly popular and it's now common for there to be little or no availability for months in advance.
Given this, we have arranged some very special private guided tours of the Palace. During the Summer and Autumn we have guaranteed availability across a whole range of dates.

Exclusive Access: Doge's Palace Secret Tour

This exclusive tickitaly.com English-language tour lasts about an hour and 45 minutes (starting at 1:15 PM), and offers an in-depth insight into the political history of Venice and an understanding of the incredible longevity of La Serenissima - The Most Serene Republic of Venice. Your experienced guide will not only cover the splendid chambers covered by other tours, but also give you an informative glimpse into the secret passages and chambers of the Palace.

Doge's Palace 'secret tour' tickets

The regular tour of the Doge's Palace (the Palazzo Ducale) in Venice is extraordinary enough. The building is a quite remarkable example of Gothic civic architecture. Every stone, passageway and artwork evokes the power that the Serene Republic wielded over a millennium of unparalleled imperial power.

But real aficionados will want to dig even deeper - to explore the hidden corners of the palace on the Itinerari Segreti del Palazzo Ducale (the secret tour of the Doge's Palace). All tours last approximately one hour.

All visitors have access to the Bridge of Sighs - typically, once the tour is finished, those taking part are directed towards the bridge and the 'New Prison' where they are free to look around by themselves.

Please be aware that the route taken by this tour is often a restricted one, by its very nature. There are numerous steps and small inclines, often quite steep, and many of the passages are small and tight. For these reasons the tour is not for children under the ages of six, for pregnant women or for the disabled. Children under six will not be permitted to take part on this tour.

We also sell straightforward entrance tickets for the Doge's Palace [link]; please be aware that the standard tickets also include admission to various other museums, whereas the 'Secret Itineraries' tour does not.

[Additional Secret Itineraries Tour links]: Visitor information, Secret Itineraries Tour location map, Google map

The guided tours afford privileged insights into the more secret corners of the palace, rooms and passageways not normally accessible to the visiting public.
Please be aware that the route taken by this tour is often a restricted one, by its very nature. There are numerous steps and small inclines, often quite steep, and many of the passages are small and tight. For these reasons the tour is not for children under the ages of six, for pregnant women or for the disabled.

The tours are available in English, Italian and French, with various times available during the morning.


To reserve tickets for the tour of the Doge's Palace tour, just fill out the booking form, supply us with credit card details, and we'll do the rest. There will be no charge whatsoever until we confirm your reservation. We'll then point you to our secure page, where you can print out your entry voucher. Print it out, take it with you to the Palazzo and present it at the 'group counter' there. As simple as that!

You won't have to join any queues, but nonetheless we'd advise you to arrive 15 minutes before your entry time.

PLEASE NOTE: You must present yourself at the venues at the time specified on your booking voucher - admittance will not be granted at other times.


The ticket includes entrance to the Doge's Palace, where you can remain after the tour. We'd recommend you not book afternoon visits in high summer - the heat can be something to be battled against.

Please also be prepared to show some ID - It is sometimes difficult for Italian officials to understand that not all countries require their citizens to carry ID cards, if indeed they are issued in said countries at all. You will often find that nothing other than a Passport or Driving Licence (with photograph) will suffice.

4.6 stars out of 5 from 296 ratings. See all 206 reviews

5 stars
RR, Canada
21st Jul 2017
The tour was great and informative and a great way to see secret areas not available in the general tour. While this tour was a bit pricier than the general one from the Doge's Palace website, it was a great option when other sites are sold-out.
5 stars
AC, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
2nd Jul 2017
The guide was really friendly knowledgeable and easy to understand.
5 stars
LM, United States
13th Jun 2017
Great; loved it, so did our 9-year-old
5 stars
JS, United States
11th Jun 2017
Our tour guide was excellent. She was well informed and made the tour very interesting. I think this is a great way to tour the Palace.
5 stars
LD, United States
8th Jun 2017
Our tour guide was great! She was very knowledgeable of the palace and the unique history behind it. She even explained above and beyond in some areas - which we appreciated. There was a delay in starting due to the company who had the headset devices - but it was all figured out and the tour was really great! I am glad we did this tour as we would not have known all the history and backstories otherwise. Also, we skipped the lines! That in of itself is huge!
5 stars
JK, Canada
6th Jun 2017
We had a great tour with the fabulous Arianna! She was very knowledgeable, personable and entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour when you're in Venice. Thank you!
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