This comparatively new tour sees yet more of the splendours of the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Venice on show to the public, as small groups are able to explore some of the private rooms in the wing of the palace that lies adjacent to St Marks Basilica.
Please note that included in the price is the standard entrance for the Palazzo Ducale - you're free to explore there under your own steam - but that this tour IS NOT the famous 'Secret Itineraries' tour of the Palazzo.
The centrepiece of this new tour - and it should be stressed that the only way to participate IS as part of a small guided tour, maximum ten people - is the newly restored Chiesetta and Antichiesetta del Doge, the Duke's Chapel and chapel antechambers. You'll start your tour at the Porta dell Carta with its marble sculptures and decoration, from where you'll ascend to the Loggiato, the terrace/balcony where the Ruler of Venice, the Most Serene Republic, would appear before his public. This is an excellent vantage point for gazing across the entire area surrounding St Marks.
It's then on through a series of rooms, apartments and terraces, passing the coffers where State Treasures are stored before a steep staircase - adorned with a St Christopher by Titian - ascends to the Chiesetta and Antichiesetta, all richly decorated and frescoed in lavish style; the Chapel is also home to a sculpture of Virgin with Child and Angels by Jacopo Sansovino.
As you may have guessed from the description, the authorities do not recommend this tour to persons of reduced mobility - it is also not permitted to those under six years of age. The tour runs seven days a week, lasts roughly 75 minutes and is available in Italian at 11.00 AM, English at 11.45 AM and in French at 12.30 PM.
Please note that this is not a guaranteed availability tour ... we keep the calendar as up to date as possible but we will need to confirm your request before completing your order and will only charge your card if we can confirm availability.
Voucher must be printed. You must print these vouchers in order to exchange them for your tickets - an email or a copy of the voucher on your phone or mobile device will not suffice.
This is a full 'skip-the-queue' ticket.
Group size is never more than ten people.
This tour lasts approximately 75 minutes.
The meeting point for this tour is at the 'Group counter' of the Doge's Palace (Piazza San Marco).
You must be at the meeting point at least 10-15 minutes before the tour start time - admittance will not be granted after the beginning of the tour.
This tour includes numerous steps and narrow passages and is not suitable for the disabled, pregnant women or children under 6.
Headphones (for groups of more than 9 persons)
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