Lords of the Night Prison Palace: tour to the cells and torture tools
Attractions & guided tours

Lords of the Night Prison Palace: tour to the cells and torture tools

4.4/5
Excellent
Based on 50 reviews
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$11.00
Free cancellation
language
Language: English , Italian , French
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Mobile voucher accepted
duration
Duration: 45 minutes
Do this because
  • Explore the old prisons of the Venetian Republic
  • Listen to myths, legends and stories about the prisoners
  • Discover legends and secrets of Casanova and its jailbreak
What to expect

Discover the secret itinerary in the mysterious Prisons of Piazza San Marco, connected to the Doge’s Palace by the Bridge of Sighs.

The Palace is "populated" by life-size figures of the Lords of the Night, prisoners, Judges, Lawyers and all the characters who worked in the Prisons, painstakingly drawn from ancient manuscripts.

The guide will bring you through exclusive places: you will have the opportunity to enter the torture room and see authentic torment items used by the torturers in the past to make the criminals confess. There, you will discover the stories about the Lords of the Nights: the terrible Venetian police who oversaw the crimes and brought criminals and betrayers in front of the courtroom.

You will go down to the cold cells to see the lifestyle of the prisoners: what they ate, drank and where they slept. Here you can also admire the original graffiti left by the prisoners and listen about the thrilling Casanova’s escape: he managed to evade from the maximum-security jail known as “Piombi”!

You will discover the alternative that prisoners had between staying in a cell or serving their sentence on board a Venetian galley. Each year of boarding as a Galeotti was worth the same as spending 2 years in a cell.

Listen to the histories and legends that still reside inside these cells and halls. Along the itinerary, you’ll enjoy the explanation of the powerful “Council of The Ten”, composed by the highest Venice Politicians that ran the justice in all Venetian domains.

Nowadays the Palace, which overlooks the stunning Riva Degli Schiavoni, is home to an important Venetian cultural Institution.

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What's included
  • check Skip-the-line entrance
  • check Guided tour of the Prison's Palace
What's not included
  • x_not_included Doge's Palace
Where

Circolo Artistico - Palazzo Delle Prigioni, Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Meeting point:
Prison Palace is close to San Marco Square, beside Doge's Palace. Please note, do not go to the entrance of Doge's Palace. To reach the Prisons Palace, cross the bridge on the right side of the entrance of the Doge's Palace. Please enter Prison's Place and head upstairs to the first floor.
What to remember
  • Know in advance:
  • The tour can be canceled in case of exceptional high tide. In this case, the tour can be rescheduled for the day after otherwise the client will be refunded
  • The tour could be bilingual. The live commentary is provided in English and Italian
  • The audio commentary is provided in French
  • Please note that on some days you could be required to pay a fee-per person to enter Venice city center. Visit the official communication channels of the Municipality of Venice to know the dates, the cost, and the possibility to benefit from exemptions and reductions
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

What people say about this experience

Excellent

4.4/5

Based on 50 reviews from verified customers

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Review categories

Safety

3/5

Service

3/5

Staff

3/5

Value for money

3.2/5

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - February 2024

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Visite atypique mais très intéressante et captivante. Le guide, un étudiant en criminologie nous a ramené dans lvie des prisonniers vénitiens.

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - January 2024

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Ottima esperienza che ti fa entrare nella Venezia di altri tempi: più misteriosa e, forse più, autentica

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - January 2024

    Average

    Overall rated

    3/5

    Me esperaba mas, pero interesante

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - January 2024

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

    Lo malo que no hay visita guiada en español.

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - December 2023

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    La visita è durata circa 45 minuti, siamo stati accompagnati da un ragazzo studente di criminologia davvero molto competente, complimenti !

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - December 2023

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

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