Guided tour

Venice: Prison Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket and Optional Tour

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

Venice: Prison Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket and Optional Tour

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

From US$ 10.85 per person

Discover the prisons of the Venetian Republic, one of the earliest jails in Europe. Go on a small group tour through cells, tortures room where Casanova was arrested by the Lords of the Nights.

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Duration 1 hour
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, Italian


  • 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. 

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
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at Prison Palace, close to St Mark's Square. To get to the Prisons Palace, cross the bridge on the right-hand side of the entrance of the Doge's Palace. Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time.

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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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Really interesting and insightful tour. Our young guide did three languages in the same tour and was so impressive! Great to have real historical artefacts to see and the ability to walk through the actual cells was brilliant. Only 60 minutes long, just long enough to keep your attention. Thoroughly recommend!

January 15, 2023

Interesting visit on the tortures, humiliations and imprisonment of the time. Apart from the place where Casanova was denounced, it is not the prison where he was imprisoned. We expected more information on this character, however we do not regret having participated in this activity which does not really correspond to the title of the service.

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October 28, 2022

My kids loved it and we all loved the guide. A very knowledgeable young student, very nice, he welcomed latecomers with sympathy when he had to go back to his explanation of the departure each time. Really a great little young man who speaks Italian English and very good French He provided us with lots of explanations, we felt like we had taken a big leap in time, his name was Marco

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August 9, 2022

Product ID: 297990