St. Mark’s Square: Casanova’s Prison Walking Tour

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St. Mark’s Square: Casanova’s Prison Walking Tour

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Discover the 16 prisons of the Venetian Republic, one of the earliest jails in Europe, created in 1500. Go on a small group tour through cells connected to the Doge’s Palace through the famous Bridge of Sighs and into an imposing courtroom.

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  • Go on an amazing tour through the ancient prisons of Piazza San Marco
  • Enter the dark cells and discover what lives of the inmates
  • Discover a secret path between the prisons from the 1500's, that hasn't been open to the public until now
  • Hear the amazing story of Casanova's jailbreak and much more
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Explore an amazing route through places that have never been visited until now. Enter the imposing courtroom and the dark cells of the old prisons of Piazza San Marco. You will learn what it meant to be a prisoner back in those days:  what prisoners ate, drank and where they slept. See actual graffiti left by inmates and listen to the story about Casanova’s exciting jailbreak. Hear the myths and legends that still live inside these cold walls and cells. Enjoy the explanation of the powerful Council of The Ten, which consisted of the highest Venice politicians, that oversaw the justice system in all Venetian domains.  Nowadays the prison’s palace that overlooks the stunning Riva Degli Schiavoni is the seat of the Artistic Circle, which offers its guests different cultural experiences and concerts. Yet still, you can feel the presence of the rich history when walking through the halls of the ancient prison.
  • Live commentary
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the prison palace
  • Access to the Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to the Doge's Palace
COVID-19 Special information

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

In Piazza San Marco, with the Doge’s Palace in front of you and the S.Mark’s Basin at your back, go on the right, cross the Bridge (from where you see the Bridge of Sighs) and then look on the left, you will see the entrance of the Palazzo delle Prigioni. Do not go to the entrance of Doge's Palace - Prison Palace is the building close to Doge's Palace, after the bridge.

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  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  •  Please note that this tour is carried out in multiple languages at the same time.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 85 reviews

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good value for money, very prepared guide with variations on the theme that also range on other topics related to the years of activity of the prisons. Children aged 7,9,11 interested but not enthusiastic recommended for adults if you do not want to invest a capital and without a minute in a row.

20 July 2020

Es wird nicht ganz so viel geboten, wie versprochen (kein Geheimgang, 2 Zellen werden besichtigt, in der Beschreibung hat man den Eindruck man wird durch einen Gang gehen, von dem mehrere Zellen führen. War trotzdem informativ und hat einen Einblick gegeben. Die Führerin war sehr gut und hat 45 durchgeredet.

12 October 2020


Visite!qui complète celle du palais des’Doges à propos du système judiciaire vénitien. Le point de ralliement n’est pas assez indiqué surtout quand on n’a pas un GPS. Le problème : même si j’avais réservé pour une visite en français, nous avons eu droit à une visite guidée en anglais. Globalement le niveau d’anglais nécessaire pour suivre n’est pas très élèves.

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13 August 2020

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