A regular visit to the Doge's Palace (the Palazzo Ducale) in Venice is extraordinary enough - this guided tour, though, goes beyond that. Aficionados will want to dig even deeper - to explore the hidden corners of the palace on this, the Itinerari Segreti del Palazzo Ducale (the secret tour of the Doge's Palace).
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.
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. All tours last approximately one hour.
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.
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A glimpse of the atmosphere you can expect if you join us on one of our exclusive 'Secret Itineraries' tours at the Palazzo Ducale, Venice. Tours offer 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.