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The Doge’s Palace - Afternoon

Codice Tour: T2
Id Tour: 38

Visit inside the Doge's Palace and access to the Palace of Prisons via the Bridge of Sighs.

 

The Doge's Palace is a splendid example of Gothic architecture and one of the most fascinating monumental complexes in Venice: a symbol of political and administrative power, the Doges' ancient residence metaphorically represents the riches of the Republic of Venice.

 

 


 

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Highlights

The tour of Doge's Palace starts from the large outdoor courtyard, famous for its marble decorations. From a small door you will then enter the Pozzi (Wells), the damp and narrow prison cells that were once used to keep prisoners: poorly lit and poorly ventilated, these prisons were locked with bars and bolts.

You will then proceed through a staircase to reach the rooms of the important officials of the ancient Republic of Venice: the Ducal Notary and the Deputato alla Segreta of the Council of Ten. After passing through the Office of the Grand Chancellor, you will reach the splendid Sala della Cancelleria Segreta which houses important documents belonging to the various Venetian Magistracies.

After visiting this room decorated with the chancellors' coats of arms and names, you can go through to the Camera del Tormento (Chamber of Torment) connected directly to the prisons: torture was practiced here, then abandoned between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The tour of the Doge's Palace continues through to the Piombi section, a group of cells for those who had committed political crimes or, in any case, not particularly brutal crimes.

These prisons were also described by Giacomo Casanova and are much less disturbing than those of the Pozzi. You will then reach the attic located near Paglia Bridge, between St Mark's Basin and the Rio di Palazzo; a corner tower of the Doge's castle had once stood here. Today you can admire the beautiful wooden truss ceiling.

After observing fine weapons and suits of armour, you will descend the stairs leading to the Sala degli Inquisitori (Inquisitors' Chamber): the ceiling of this room is decorated with works by Tintoretto which were completed in the second half of the sixteenth century. Lastly you will enter the Sala dei Tre Capi (Chambers of the Three Heads), the Council members who would prepare proceedings and implement board decisions. The ceiling of this room was decorated by Giambattista Ponchino and Giambattista Zelotti.

This area has a noteworthy secret passage used to reach the Hall of the Council of Ten.

 

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Periods and Meeting Points

SEASON
APRIL 1, 2018 TO OCTOBER 31, 2018

Available daily
English


MEETING POINT AND DEPARTURE DETAILS

2.15 PM - Next to the Clock Tower 

in St. Mark's Square next to the Clock Tower


SEASON
APRIL 1, 2019 TO OCTOBER 31, 2019

Available daily
English


MEETING POINT AND DEPARTURE DETAILS

2.15 PM - Next to the Clock Tower 

in St. Mark's Square next to the Clock Tower

 

 

Things to Remember

On request all excursions can be organized privately

  • Each participant is required to present himself promptly to the meeting place
  • The delay at the meeting point or the non-presence are grounds for cancellation of the right to reimbursement
 

 

Duration

approx. 1 hour

Guided Tour

Afternoon

Details

 

 

From 1st April 2018 to 31st October 2018
Adults: 36,00 € per person
Children under 6: free (reservation under infant)

 

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