Private Doge’s Palace Tour
Discover the beauty and history of the iconic Doge’s Palace in Venice on this exclusive, private tour with an expert guide.
Constructed in the 14th century with many additions over several hundred years, the magnificent Doge’s Palace was built to be a vast and majestic residence of Venice’s ruler, the Doge, as well as the impressive seat of government. It was the epicenter of Venetian power for hundreds of years.
On this fascinating private tour, you’ll wander its splendid halls and corridors, learn the history of the Republic of Venice, and about the extraordinary lives of her former rulers as you walk in the footsteps of the Doges.
- Experience a private tour of the majestic Doge's Palace
- See the hidden gems and highlights of the museum collection
- Ascend the famous Scala dei Giganti
- Learn the inner workings of Venetian politics as you enter the Grand Council chamber
- Explore the prisons, Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s apartments, the Armory, and more!
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Explore the highlights and hidden gems of the Doges Palace on this exclusive privately guided tour. The building is a majestic medieval-Renaissance castle built to be the impressive and awe-inspiring center of power in Venice. For centuries, the Doge, or ruler of Venice lived within these grand galleries, chambers and corridors. It served as both the residence and seat of power.
With your expert private guide, explore this vast palace-turned-museum and get a chance to see how the powerful Doges of Venice lived and ruled, learn how Venice operated as a Republic, and what life was like for the people of Venice for hundreds of years.
Walk up the famous Scala dei Giganti and enter the council chamber: between the gigantic statues of Poseidon, god of the ocean – to represent Venice’s topography and coastal power, and Mars, god of war to symbolize her military might. In between these two pagan gods you’ll see a winged lion – to represent Saint Mark – the city’s Christian patron saint.
The Great Council Chamber is one of the most amazing halls in the whole of Europe; completely covered in art! You’ll find Tintoretto’s Paradise among others paintings: ironically this was where prisoners were sentenced. Not such a paradise for everyone! It is also where the Senate met and agreed on policy and law, and where the new Doge was elected. You’ll also see the famous Bridge of Sighs – which connected the palace to the prison.
Next, explore the dreaded Chamber of Torment where you will hear about medieval methods of questioning… and torture. Discover the two different prisons – the Pozzi and the Piombi, one was wet and dark and grisly, the other drier and slightly more comfortable. The infamous Casanova did time in both prisons.
You’ll see a massive collection of over 2000 pieces of weaponry in the Armory including swords, quivers, crossbows, halberds, and suits of armor. Learn about the importance of Italian condottieri – mercenary soldiers employed to defend Venice, throughout the Middle Ages.
Wander through the Doge’s private apartments, hear about the way of life of these revered elders and political leaders, and finally, admire the opulent Golden Staircase with its magnificent ceiling by Sansovino – a Florentine artist, rejected by Michelangelo, who came to Venice where… he clearly flourished!
- Private tour guide
- Skip the line tickets
- Two hour walking tour
- Highlights of the Doge’s Palace
- Tintoretto's Masterpieces
- Fascinating Venetian history and intrigue
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