1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Piazza San Marco

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

Product ID: 297990
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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.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Live commentary
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the prison palace
What’s Not Included
  • Access to the Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to the Doge's Palace

Prepare for the activity

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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Important information
Know before you go
• 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.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable and we found the tour very informative and interesting.

March 7, 2020

Very informative tour and really interesting

March 6, 2020

fantastic tour with lots of very interesting information. a different view to venice. the guide was very informative and took time to explain everything in both English and Italian to accomodate everyone. would definitely recommend this tour.

March 2, 2020

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Product ID: 297990