Venice Behind the Scene tour takes through the Secret Itineraries of the Doge’s Palace. This section of the palace coincides with the former headquarter of the Venetian Intelligence, from where a network of spies and undercover agents was ultimately to spread right across Europe, and even beyond.
We’ll see the tine wooden ship-shaped offices of the Chancery, the room of the justice department agency linked to the Council of Ten, and the notorious torture chamber where the Lords of the Night would “put to the question” their suspects.
By visiting the Piombi (or Leads, so named for the leaded roof covering the cells’ section), you’ll relive Casanova‘s celebrated escape, and see the cell where he was confined, enough comfortably though, and even supplied the fellow prisoner with odd macaroni and cheese.
We will also admire one of the engineering marvels of Venice: the attic above the Hall of the Grand Council, where the shipwrights of the Arsenale (the Shipyard) built a vast heavy ceiling floating unsupported over the room below.
Venice Behind the Scene tour will reveal how Casanova escaped from the prison, before continuing through the impressive richly decorated institutional chambers of the Palace, with walls and ceilings are covered by large paintings painted by the greatest artist of the Venice School of paintings.
Eventually you’ll cross the Bridge of Sighs and visit the Prison built in 1600.
PLEASE NOTICE: this tour is to be booked at least 15 days prior to the date requested
DURATION: 2 hours
THE PRICE OF VENICE BEHIND THE SCENE TOUR INCLUDES:
- the service of a qualified guide
- admission to the Doge’s Palace and Secret Itineraries