Day Tour

Doge's Palace (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Venice, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Mar 2019

Doge's Palace (3 Hours )

Venice, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



The complex nature of Venice cannot be grasped without studying the political and mercantile development of the city, which influenced everything from architectural styles to social strata. Our three hour visit to the Doge's Palace will delve into the complex and unique nature of the Venetian Republic's political system. For over a thousand years the Doge of Venice, elected for life, ruled over the Serenissima. A look into this key role, as well as the numerous other political positions that allowed Venice to maintain a position of international power will all be explored as we move through the maze of the Ducal Palace. This walk also explores the commercial nature of Venice, how it intertwined with the political structure, and the cosmopolitan culture that pervaded life in the city.

During our time at the Doge's Palace, we will have the opportunity to discuss how the building itself, including major architectural and decorative components were used to reflect the power of the government. A palace that constantly changed through the centuries, both due to fires and changing tastes, the structure contains works by top artists of the Renaissance period, such as Tintoretto and Veronese, whose works both grace the Grand Council Hall. The Ducal Palace is a key component to understanding the history of the Venetian Republic and the political mechanisms that allowed it to function. Our time together will allow us to come away with a strong knowledge of the basics of Venice's government system, with all its complexities and intrigue, and create a newfound understanding of how these systems supported the overall culture of the Serenissima.

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The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six other people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our "docents" are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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