Secret itinerary of prisons of Piazza San Marco

Discover the 16th prisons of the Venetian Republic, one of the earliest jails in Europe, created in 1500 and linked to the Doge’s Palace through the famous Bridge of Sighs. Nowadays the Palace, that overlooks the stunning Riva Degli Schiavoni, is home of an important Venetian cultural institution.   An amazing itinerary in which you will be accompanied through places never visited until now: enter in the in the imposing courtroom and in the dark cells, you will discover the lifestyle of the prisoners, what they ate, drank and where they slept. See the authentic graffiti left by the inmates and listen about the exciting Casanova’s jailbreak: he managed to escape from the maximum-security jail known as “Piombi”!   The route arrives until today and the many cultural activities that take place in. Listen to the myths and legends that still live inside these cold cells and halls. Along the route you’ll enjoy the explanation of the powerful “Council of The Ten”, composed by the highest Venice Politicians that oversaw the justice in all Venetian domains.   Since the birth of the Republic, Venice has been always careful to the administration of justice, of which used to do proudly with own judicial system. composed by courts, lawyers and magistrates. One of the main points was the operating police used to resolve fights and punish the perpetrators of crimes. Meeting point: Palazzo Delle Prigioni, beside the Doge’s Palace in Piazza San Marco Ending point: same place Availability & operation: From 6th December 2019 to 31st October 2020. Tour does not take on 25th December – 1st January. Departure and meeting: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Carnival period (from 15th February until 25th February 2020) From Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM Inclusion: Live commentary – Entrance skip the line to the prison palace and its secret itinerary Duration: 45 minutes Languages: English, French and Italian (the tour could be multilingual) Gross price public rate: Adult € 15 per person – Free under 6 years old Sale & Reservation: Free sale until the beginning of the tour. No minimum participants Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. The tour can be cancelled in case of exceptional high tide, in this case the tour can be rescheduled the day after otherwise the client will be refunded. Voucher: You should have the voucher where is written “service provided by Venice Tours Srl”. Commission: refer to contract Confirmation: Please ask clients to NOT to reconfirm Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. Comfortable shoes suggested. For general conditions refer to our brochure "Discover Venice". 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.

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CREATE YOUR OWN VENICE CARNIVAL MASK - DECORATION OR/AND PRODUCTION COURSE!

An artistic experience, which will make you live the preparation for the Venetian Carnival! In this unforgettable activity, a venetian master artisan will explain the traditional art of making masks and their ancient history.   DECORATE your mask course Your instructor will be our experienced decorator, who will teach you how to paint and decorate your own mask. The participants will choose a mask to be decorated during the course and at the end of the course, they will keep their mask as a very special souvenir to bring back home. Alternatively: Course of PRODUCTION Your instructor will explain the ancient technique of making a Venetian papier-mâché mask providing information about the use of masks in Venice during past centuries. The participants at the end of the hour will keep their mask as a very special souvenir to bring back home. In case of mask production the client will return to the laboratory after 6 hours to collect the mask when it's dry.  Key details Meeting point: Campiello San Zulian 596 (please be there 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour) Ending point: Campiello San Zulian 596 Availability & operation:  From 1st March 2018 to 31st December 2020. Tour does not take place from 8th December until 22th December 2019; on 25th December; the afternoon of 24th and 31th December and on 1st January 2019-2020 Departure and meeting: Every day - 9.30 am - 11:00 am- 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Inclusion: Decoration or production class - Decorated or undecorated mask (depend on the class) – Working items and apron. Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes (per course) approx. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian (the activity could be bilingual) Gross price public rate: Adult € 54 - Under 12 years only if accompanied by an adult € 43- Family package (4 pax) € 168. From 1st November 2019 the price is: Adult € 57 - Under 12 years old € 45. The family package (4 pax) € 188. Price is per production or decoration. If you would like to do both the cost is double. Sale & reservation: On request until 24 hours before the starting time. For the clients with API connection the tour is in free sale with variable cut off Maximum 4 people per course.  Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Course does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (it can be postponed later or to the day after otherwise it will be refunded). Voucher: You should have the voucher where is written service provided by Venice Tours Srl. Mobile vouchers are accepted Commission: refer to contract Confirmation: Please ask clients to  NOT reconfirm  Appropriate clothes suggested –The tour could be shared with guests not belonging to the same party -Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities- For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”. HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT: ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO Take line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and pass under the Clock Tower. Proceed straight on to the end of “Mercerie dell’Orologio”.  Then turn right into “Campo San Zulian” and facing the Church pass its façade on the left and you have reached “Campiello San Zulian”. The laboratory is located in the opposite corner on your right. ARRIVING ON FOOT The laboratory is located a few minutes walk from Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and pass under the Clock Tower. Proceed straight on to the end of “Mercerie dell’Orologio”.  Then turn right into “Campo San Zulian” and facing the Church pass its façade on the left and you have reached “Campiello San Zulian”. The laboratory is in the opposite corner on your right. REF. CODE: VTCARNMASK

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CARNIVAL TOUR - THE WALKING THEATRE SHOW (THE CODEGA) - VENICE SECRET

In Venice, from the mid-fifteenth century, the nobles and the wealthy would walk preceded by a servant called "Codega" equipped with a lantern to light their path in the darkness of night, who would delight them with anecdotes and stories. Today, your personal host will guide you through the maze of mystery that forms the city. A leap in the past which will inspire you to be the actors in a moving mise-en-scene and will push you to the heart of the Serenissima Republic and its Carnival. This is the way to discover the city's secrets! You will learn about Casanova and the Levantine, about the gondolier that become a priest and about the elephant that found shelter in a church. You will discover why an angel was put as a palace guardian and why the bridge between two convents was called "The Devil's Bridge", but also the secret language of fans and the legends of a number of ghosts that are said to inhabit Venice today. Through the stories of the “Codega” the visitors will be escorted to unusual and secret places, away from the chaotic hustle and bustle of Carnival, to find out some interesting facts of the history and daily life of the Serenissima Republic. A captivating event for the entire family, a new and unusual way to live Venice Carnival! http://www.pantakin.it/en Languages and timetable: February 15th - 16th  -23rd -11:00 AM English & Italian  -12:30 PM French & Italian  - 3:00 PM French & Italian  February 22nd -11:00 AM English & Italian -12:30 PM French & Italian  - 3:00 PM French &Italian  - 5:00 PM French & Italian February 24th - 11:00 AM English & Italian - 3:00 PM French & Italian - February 17th: - 3:00 PM French & Italian  - 5:00 PM French & Italian  February 18th – 20th – 21th: - 3:00 PM French & Italian  February 25th - 12:30 PM French & Italian  - 3:00 PM French & Italian    Key Details: Meeting point: Campo San Gallo (the well in front of the San Gallo Theatre – San Gallo hotel. Our assistant will wait for your with a signboard in which is written “CARNIVAL TOUR”. (See the map and indications below) Ending point: Historical center Availability & operation: From 16th February to 25th February (Except 19th) Departure and meeting: See the calendar above. Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure time Inclusion: Shared walking tour with professional commentary from a Pantakin Company actor from Venice – itinerary flyer of tour Duration1 hours and 15 minutes approx. Languages: English, French and Italian (the visit could be bilingual)   Gross price public: Adult € 29 p.p. – Free under 12 years (max one per adult) Sale & reservation: Free sale until 48 hours before the beginning of the tour Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 48 hours before the service. within 24 hours before the service 50% refund. Voucher: You should have the voucher where is written “service provided by Venice Tours Srl”.  Mobile vouchers are accepted Commission: refer to contract Confirmation: Please ask clients to NOT to reconfirm Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Comfortable shoes suggested – The tour could be shared with guests not belonging to the same party– In case of particular events, the itinerary could be changed - For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”. HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT: ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO Take line #1 and get off at the “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at the “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, turn left leaving the Basilica behind you. Proceed straight along the Square, walking on the right-hand side. After the “Gran Caffè Quadri” walk until you reach the Olivetti Museum and then turn right passing under the archway leading to a bridge. Cross the bridge and proceed straight on to “Campo San Gallo” the meeting point is in front of the San Gallo Theatre or San Gallo Hotel. ARRIVING ON FOOT Walk into Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, turn left leaving the Basilica behind you. Proceed straight along the Square, walking on the right-hand side. After the “Gran Caffè Quadri” walk until you reach the Olivetti Museum and then turn right passing under the archway leading to a bridge.  Cross the bridge and proceed straight on to “Campo San Gallo” the meeting point is in front of the San Gallo Theatre or San Gallo Hotel     REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: VTCARNIVAL

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Carnival Treasure Hunt (from Piazzale Roma)!

NEW PRODUCT! A carnival treasure hunt in Venice to uncover the city’s hidden treasures by playing. A fantastic route, at the discovery of Venice’s secrets and its famous Carnival. You’ll be given a map to start you on the treasure hunt, but that’s not all: after downloading the App on your phone, this will become your compass and your personal automatic storyteller, recounting the secrets of the city and of this festive period. The game will take you across the whole city, leading you into unexplored corners, and of course passing through the heart of Venice and the Carnival: St. Mark’s Square. During the hunt, you’ll have to take a picture of at least 3 points highlighted on the map. At the end, the treasure will be yours:one mask to be painted. You will personalize it with a mask masker! The ending location, guarding your treasure, worth your special attention. Everybody know or have ever heard about Casanova, right? Thus, according to many Venetian legends Casanova in flesh in blood was imprisoned in this historic Palace, which is part of the Doge’s Palace. The two buildings are connected through the well known Bridge of Sights. Only imagine the atmophere to paint your mask here!   Programme At the meeting point, you’ll receive from our staff the map to look for your treasure and you’ll download the App on your phone: this will be the compass guiding you and the voice tell you stories along the way. On the map, you will see 4 hidden places to take a picture of. You will have to show a picture for at least 3 of the places to the mask-painter to take your treasure. At the ending point, in St Mark’s square 1500 Doge’s prisons palace , get inside to get your treasure, a white Venetian mask, you’ll paint it in a dedicated area with suggestions of a professional painter.   Are you curious? Discover the itineraries, collect the masks and…of course, the final prize! Good luck and have great fun! #carnivaltreasure IMPORTANT INFORMATION Start (show up at the meeting point to collect map and instructions):Piazzale Roma car terminal Santa Croce 466/e. From Monday to Saturday, 09:30-10:30-11:30-12:30-14:30-15:30 Availability: from 3th February to 25th February 2020 Price: € 26 p.p. - FREE under 5 years old. Children must be accompanied by a adult Languages: English, Italian and French Inclusion: mobile app - detalied map - 1 carnival mask - 20 minutes decoration mask class Sale: free sale until the beginning of the tour Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Tours does not operate in case of exceptional high tide  (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded).  Duration of game: 2h approx. Any curiosity on the Carnival game and assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at: service@venicecitytours.it

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Carnival Treasure Hunt (from Saint Mark's area)!

NEW PRODUCT! A carnival treasure hunt in Venice to uncover the city’s hidden treasures by playing. A fantastic route, at the discovery of Venice’s secrets and its famous Carnival. You’ll be given a map to start you on the treasure hunt, but that’s not all: after donwloading the App on your phone, this will become your compass and… your personal automatic storyteller, recounting the secrets of the city and of this festive period.   The game will take you across the whole city, leading you into unexplored corners, and of course passing through the heart of Venice and the Carnival: St. Mark’s Square.   During the hunt, you’ll have to take a picture of at least 3 points highlighted on the map. At the end, the treasure will be yours: one Carnial mask to be painted! You will personalize it with a mask masker!   Spectacular location in Doge’s Palace Prison’s Palace The ending location, guarding your treasure, worth your special attention. Everybody know or have ever heard about Casanova, right? Thus, according to many Venetian legends Casanova in flesh in blood was imprisoned in this historic Palace, which is part of the Doge’s Palace. The two buildings are connected through the well known Bridge of Sights. Only imagine the atmophere to paint your mask here! Programme Prison’s Palace At the meeting point, you’ll receive from our staff the map to look for your treasure and you’ll download the App on your phone: this will be the compass guiding you and the voice tell you stories along the way. On the map, you will see 4 hidden places to take a picture of. You will have to show a picture for at least 3 of the places to the mask-painter to take your treasure. At the ending point, in St Mark’s square 1500 Doge’s prisons palace , get inside to get your treasure, a white Venetian mask, you’ll paint it in a dedicated area with suggestions of a professional painter. Are you curious? Discover the itineraries, collect the masks and…of course, the final prize! Good luck and have great fun! #carnivaltreasure IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Start (show up at the meeting point to collect map and instructions): in the city-centre at the Bottega dell’arte Testolini, S. Marco 1758. From Monday to Sunday, 10:00-11:30-12:00-14:00-15:00-16:30 Availability: from 3th February to 25th February 2020 Price: € 26 p.p. - FREE under 5 years old. Children must be accompanied by a adult Languages: English, Italian and French Inclusion: mobile app - detalied map - 1 carnival mask - 20 minutes decoration course Sale: free sale until the beginning of the tour Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Tours does not operate in case of exceptional high tide  (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded).  Duration of game: 2h approx. Any curiosity on the Carnival game and assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at: service@venicecitytours.it HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT: ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO Take line #1 and get off at the “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at the “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, turn left leaving the Basilica behind you. Proceed straight along the Square, walking on the right-hand side. After the “Gran Caffè Quadri” walk until you reach the glass shop “Modolo” and then turn right passing under the arches. You reach the HARD ROCK CAFE (on your left side) and proceed straight on to the bridge and then on your left side you will find Bottega dell’arte Testolini ARRIVING ON FOOT Once by the Bell Tower, turn left leaving the Basilica behind you. Proceed straight along the Square, walking on the right-hand side. After the “Gran Caffè Quadri” walk until you reach the glass shop “Modolo” and then turn right passing under the arches. You reach the HARD ROCK CAFE (on your left) and proceed straight on to the bridge and then on your left side you will find Bottega dell’arte Testolini

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The Carnival Concert: Vivaldi & Baroque music in St.Mark's Square

Enjoy the Venice Carnival with a fascinating classical music concert, just in St. Mark's Square! Collegium Ducal Orchestra will revive the ancient Baroque atmosphere playing masterfully the Four Seasons of Vivaldi and  the Divertimento of strings and wind by Mozart! Venice is and has been always celebrated for its music, characteristic element of the city and its theatres. The concert recreates the fabulous atmosphere of the ancient Carnivals where the venetian nobles enjoyed the carnivalesque nights listening to classical music played by the best Italian musicians! The orchestra performs in a fascinating location: the hall of Prisons’ Palace: a part of Ducal Palace linked by the famous Bridge of whispers. Price: Adult € 25 - Until 18 years old and over 65 years: € 20 Availability: From 15th to 25th February 2020 (No Saturday), Meeting Point: Prisons' Palace, St.Mark's Square. Timetable: 9:00 PM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Duration: 1 hour This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – Mobile voucher are accepted- For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.

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The Carnival Experience with Casanova

Live the experience of the Carnival party with Casanova. Enjoy dancing the Minuetto, hearing his story, tasting typical venetian sweets, Galani and Frittelle, play the carnival games and get into the mood of the parties during the Venetian Carnival.       Venice is known all over the world for the Carnival.  Get together the roots, the habits as a Venetian or one of his friends coming from all over the world to enjoy the Carnival parties. Casanova ‘ll accompany you around the palace discovering tales and legends of his Venetian noble friends, living the magic atmosphere of the prisons of the Doge’s palace. Be part of the scene, dance the Minuetto, typical Carnival dance in the 1700, with professional teachers accompanied by clavicembalo wearing the Carnival face mask included. Discover Galani and Frittelle, best Carnival sweets prepared only in occasion of the Carnival, tasted with the typical prosecco sparkling wine. Programme of the party: Casanova tales introduction and Palace history Play the typical Carnival games Minuetto dance with the dance master  Sweets experience, frittelle and galani tasting, with a glass of wine    Meeting point: Prisons Palace in St. Mark's Square (close to Doge's Palace) Ending point: Same place Availability & operation: from 15th  February until 25th February 2020. Departure and meeting: 3:00 PM show: every day.  10:30 PM show: only on 21th - 22th - 23th February. Inclusion: Location Doge’s Palace prisons - Handmade face mask included - Professional actors’ performance - Live music with clavicembalo - Involvement of the participants  - Carnival sweets tasting experience. Duration:Performance last 1:15 / hr 1:30 Languages: English, French and Italian Gross price public rate: 3:00 PM show: Adult € 75 - Young from 15 to 18 years old: € 67.5 - Child from 6 to 14 years old: € 37,5. 10:30 PM show: Adult: € 110 p.p. No child rate discount. Sale & reservation: Free sale until 24 hours before the event Cancellation: Booking can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the date of the event Voucher: You should have the voucher where is written “service provided by Venice Tours Srl”.  Mobile vouchers are accepted Commission: refer to contract Confirmation: Please ask clients to NOT to reconfirm 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.

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