Doge's Palace Tour for Kids with Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Tickets

Explore this major Venetian landmark with an engaging family tour
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Tour Details
3 hours
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  • Doge's Palace
  • St. Mark's Square
  • St Mark's Bell Tower
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  • Expert-led tour of Doge's Palace
  • Sweeping views of Venice from up high
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Tour Description
How did Galileo find his way to Venice and what was his business with the Grand Duke? Find out on our Doge’s Palace Tour for Kids, where your family will learn about this historic Gothic architectural masterpiece, the seat of the Venetian Republic. Our guide, experienced in working with travelers of all ages, will keep the whole family engaged.

Galileo's Greatest Invention

Venice in the 17th century was at its peak as a powerful republic. Galileo, a renowned scholar and astronomer, came to Venice to present his greatest invention yet: the telescope.  The Doge, leader of The Venetian Republic, welcomed Galileo and his invention in hopes of employing it to defend against enemies and maritime invaders. Galileo hoped to further his study of the stars from the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica and continue his investigation of the heavens.

Doge's Palace Tour for Kids

The magnificent Doge’s Palace is the most important historic monument in Venice and includes many references to Galileo’s time in the republic. You will learn about this great astronomer’s life and the history of Venice, with an in-depth look at the art and architecture of the Palazzo.

Take in the View

Our time together ends with skip-the-line access to the bell tower in St Mark’s Square (weather and season permitting) where we will see the view over the entire city and lagoon, just as Galileo would have been able to 400 years ago.

If your travels take you to Florence, you may enjoy our Galileo in Florence Tour and a visit to the Science Museum dedicated to him there.

What are skip-the-line tickets?
For this tour, your tickets are pre-purchased which allows you to directly enter the security line at the palace without waiting to purchase tickets. You may still have to wait in a security line or in a line to have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   

Does this tour include the Bridge of Sighs and the prison area?
Yes, this tour will include both the Bridge of Sighs and the prison area.
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Our guide, Sara, was absolutely extraordinary for our tour of the Doge’s Palace. She kept a fast pace while teaching us so much, and keeping our kids (8 and 13) totally engaged. We all loved it - could have spent hours talking to her!
Sara was wonderful! She was passionate, knowledgable, and very engaging with the family! We learned so much from her!
The content of the tour was amazing and we learned a tremendous amount. The art, architecture, and stories behind the palace were fascinating. The trip up the bell tower was an amazing conclusion to the experience. It did appear that it was a challenge to fit everything into the allotted time