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“Historical and beautiful”
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Doges' Palace
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit
Ranked #2 of 707 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the building and its sculptural decoration date from various periods. The interior, with works by artists such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, A.Vittoria and Tiepolo, includes vast council chambers, superbly decorated residential apartments, and austere prison cells. Along the facades of the Palace run loggias that overlook St. Mark’s Square and the lagoon. The combined entrance ticket to the St. Mark’s Square Museums grants access to the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of Biblioteca Marciana.
Derrinturn, Kildare, Ireland
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“Historical and beautiful”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Another must see sight in Venice, the palace is simply on of the most incredible sights in europe. The vast wealth and importance of the the politicians in Venice throughout history eminates from this incredible structure. A vast palace that hides a darker side. The opulant facade hides the prisons and more quarters of those less noble. The secret itineraries tour is worth every cent and is highly recommended.

The palace has vast amounts of art and it needs to be seen to be truly appreciated .

Visited December 2013
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“Excellent tour! Try to plan it as early in your stay as possible.”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

My husband and I took the Secret Itineraries Tour which was one of the highlights of our whole trip. It was very well organized with an easy meeting place and our tour guide was fantastic: enthusiastic, enjoyable to listen to (funny and informative) and easy to talk to one-on-one as well. She showed a lot of care to ensure that we were all comfortable and enjoying ourselves.
We knew we'd learn some interesting facts about the palace and architecture, but we learned so much more about Venice in general including details of its symbol, history, culture and even high tide. We also learned interesting details of what it was like to work at the palace and what it was like to be imprisoned there as well. Seeing the different weapons in the armory was also a real treat - a particular interest for us.
Note that there is a fair of time on your feet as well as some stairs to climb throughout the tour - though we found it easy, there was someone in our group who was not up to it and unfortunately complained continuously about it, even though our tour guide went out of her way to give them extra rest stops and make them more comfortable.
My husband and I are very glad that we took this tour as it gave us an even greater appreciation of the city. We recommend taking the tour as close to arriving in Venice as possible as afterward, we were able to point out details that we learned about the city during the rest of our visit that we wouldn't have been able to otherwise.

Visited September 2013
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Ocean Ridge FL
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I encourage booking in advance on the internet and to do the "Secret Intineries Tour". This tour gives a real feeling of what life was like in that era. Part goes through the dungeons and also rooms where business was transacted.

Visited September 2013
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

My boys, who are not "museum" fans loved the Doge's palace...the luxury, beauty upstairs and then the despair of the Bridge of Sighs and dungeon. They were impressed with the face through which accusations could be made against someone.

Visited August 2013
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“Worth booking a tour”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We booked this tour online as I had read the queues are incredibly long at all times in the day. The tour I went for was the "Secret Itinerary" tour, this promised a "behind the scenes" look at the Palazzo.
Basically the guide (you can book English speaking tours) takes you around the prison cells, with stories about their famous captive Casanova, who escaped. It also gives you information about the Doges, and the nobles who worked at the Palace. The guide then takes you to the secret room where the spies and agents reported back on their enemies. And the (gulp) Torture Chamber which was rather disturbing!! But- the good news is that the Venetians didn't like torture much and banned it much sooner that other European countries!
Eventually you enter the palace proper, complete with a chance to see the Golden staircase and the steps that take you over the Bridge of Sighs.Oh, and you just missed all the queues to get into the palace- walk straight over and see the glories of the Palace, now that your secret tour is over!
A great way to explore the history of Venetian government and the role of the Doges.

Visited December 2013
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