Duration: 45 minutes of shared guided tour 


Live guided tour: English and Italian

Audio commentary: French 

Come and discover the ancient stories echoing in the corridors and silent rooms. During a visit to this historical site, you will learn what it was like to be a prisoner in those days: what they ate, what they drank and where they slept, immersed in an evocative atmosphere.

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The Lords of the Night were policemen and judges in the Venetian Republic

Prison staff will take you on an authentic tour of the Prison Palace with cramped cells, a courtroom and gruesome torture chambers with real instruments of torture and justice. Casanova himself was arrested and imprisoned here by the Lords of the Night!

The Palace is 'inhabited' by life-size figures of the Lords of the Night, prisoners, judges, lawyers and all the characters working in the prisons, drawn and recreated from ancient manuscripts. 

The building houses one of the first prisons in Europe, dating back to 1500. 

Admire the authentic graffiti left by inmates and discover Casanova's exciting escape: listen to the story of when he managed to escape, his spectacular jailbreak from the unforgiving prisons of Venice is still an epic display of audacity and genius unparalleled in history!

The price includes
  • Skip-the-line ticket to Palazzo delle Prigioni
  • Professional English and Italian speaking local guide 
  • Professional audio commentary in French 
  • 45-minute of shared guided tour of Palazzo delle Prigioni 
The fee does not include
  • Doge's Palace entrance ticket 
  • Doge’s Palace guided tour 
  • Access to the Bridge of Sighs 
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Things to know before leaving
  • The tour is NOT private but is shared with other participants.
  • The price is per person.
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility
  • The tour could be bilingual
  • The tour is intended for small groups (a maximum of 16 people per visit).
  • Digital and printed vouchers are accepted (to be shown to the staff)
Meeting Point
  • Meeting point: Palazzo Delle Prigioni, San Marco - Riva degli Schiavoni, 4209 (beside the Doge’s Palace, few steps from St. Mark’s Square). Please be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the departure time. 


  • Prison Palace is close to St. Mark’s Square beside Doge's Palace. Do not go to the entrance of Doge's Palace, to get to the Prisons Palace, cross the bridge on the right side of the entrance of the Doge's Palace, enter the building and head upstairs to the first floor.
Cancellation policies
  • No penalty for cancellation within 24 hrs before the tour. On line customer service 7 days a week, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • The tour can be cancelled in case of exceptional high tide (in these case it will be rescheduled for the following day or refunded)