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

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

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

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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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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Live tour guide
French, English, Italian
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • 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.
  • 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
Covid-19 precautions

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

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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. The access to the Prisons is on the first floor.

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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.
Customer reviews

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based on 146 reviews

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Excellent experience. Wasn't so sure after reading reviews however we had a great time. It's a little difficult to find, if you head towards the bridge of sighs, it is right next door to it. It looks like an art museum and is not titled as casanovas prison walking tour but it is the correct place! Head up the stairs

July 19, 2022

The visit is interesting but not exceptional. Interesting historical reminders. We do not see much. A few cells. Although not unpleasant, the guide could be more pleasant. Comments in Italian then translation into French and vice versa which adds lengths. As a reminder, the point of sighs is not included. Indication of the meeting point very clear. It's easy to get to.

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February 21, 2022

Not quite as much is offered as promised (no secret passage, 2 cells are visited, in the description one has the impression one is going through a passage from which several cells lead. It was nevertheless informative and gave an insight. The guide was very good and talked through 45.

October 12, 2020

Product ID: 297990