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Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve Tours

The powerful Doges ruled the Venetian Empire from the Gothic fantasy palace that is Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) until 1797. The site was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at St Mark's Square, and the doges ruled with an iron fist—justice was often meted out here. Today, the site is one of the most popular attractions in Italy.

The Basics
The Palace of Doges is a significant historical site in Venice, with many travelers arriving to hear about the strict rule of the Venice Doges from an expert local guide. The site is most often visited on a two- to five-hour Venice tour and can be combined with a stop at St Mark’s Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges. Inside the palace, admire the many paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, and climb the narrow staircases to visit the Doge's apartments and the prison cells, as well as the ducal notary. Outside the palace is the Bridge of Sighs and beautiful columns along the piazzetta.
  • The popular ‘Secret Itineraries tour allow visitors, accompanied by a guide, into chambers of the palace not open to the general public. You’ll see the secret chancellery where the delicate work of governing was done, the secret archives, the torture room, and the cell from which the famous writer Giacomo Casanova made his escape.
  • The palace is best explored on a guided tour for an in-depth historical understanding.
  • Booking a St. Mark’s museum pass allows access to the three museums in St. Mark’s Square.
  • The palace is wheelchair accessible, and an audio guide is available for rental.
  • The majority of palace tours include Venice hotel pickup and dropoff, although a few tours offer departures from Florence and Milan.

How to Get to the Doge’s Palace
The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) is located next to St Mark's Church in St Mark's Square. The site is easily accessible by vaporetto (the public water taxi) on the Grand Canal or on foot.

When to Get There
Summertime is popular in Venice; be prepared for lines and crowds. The palace’s hours vary seasonally.

A Haunting History
Death sentences were declared between the 9th and 10th columns outside the palace, while executions were carried out between the freestanding columns in the piazzetta next to the lagoon; even today Venetians won't walk between them. A final chance at life was offered if the accused were able to walk around the edge of the third column on the seaward side of the palace.

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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point from Cape Town, Cape Town, null
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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point from Cape Town

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Your Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point tour will be strictly private and flexible with time. Tour departs from your hotel at your convenience in a private ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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Full-Day Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town

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Full-Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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Full-Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

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Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town

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For those with limited time, this tour to Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is offered as a half day option. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the ...  Read more

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Private Tour: Cape Peninsula and Boulders Beach Penguins Day Trip from Cape Town, Cape Town, ... 
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Private Tour: Cape Peninsula and Boulders Beach Penguins Day Trip from Cape Town

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Explore the beautiful Cape Peninsula on this sightseeing private tour from Cape Town. Ideal for families with young children, couples or group of friends that ...  Read more

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Cape Peninsula Guided Road Bike Day Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cape Peninsula Guided Road Bike Day Tour from Cape Town

Experience the beauty of the Cape Peninsula during this private tour. Simonstown and the penguins at Boulders Beach are just a few of the highlights of this ...  Read more

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Sea Kayaking and Cape Point Private Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Sea Kayaking and Cape Point Private Tour from Cape Town

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Cape of Good Hope Private Bike Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cape of Good Hope Private Bike Tour from Cape Town

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For the energetic traveler who appreciates nature, this tour offers an alternative to simply watching the scenic splendor of the Cape Peninsula pass you by, ...  Read more

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Cape Point and Peninsula Private Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cape Point and Peninsula Private Tour from Cape Town

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Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Stellenbosch Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Stellenbosch Tour from Cape Town

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You have a limited time in Cape Town, come and combine historical Stellenbosch and its wine region with a journey to the Cape of Good Hope and the Cape Point. ...  Read more

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