Secret intinerary of Prisons in Piazza San Marco
Discover the ancient Prisons of Piazza San Marco connected to the Doge’s Palace by the Bridge of Sighs. One of the earliest jails in Europe, created in 1500.
An amazing route in which you will be accompanied through places never visited until now: enter in the torture room and see real torments items used in the past to make the criminals confess!
You’ll go down to see the cold cells to discover the lifestyle of the prisoners: what they ate, drank and where they slept.
See the original graffiti left by the prisoners and listen about the thrilling Casanova’s escape: he managed to evade from the maximum-security jail known as “Piombi”!
Discover how the justice was managed thanks to the Lords of the Nights: the terrible Venetian police who oversaw the crimes and brought lawbreakers in front of the courtroom!
Listen to the histories and legends that still reside inside these cold cells and halls. Along the itinerary you’ll enjoy the explanation of the powerful “Council of The Ten”, composed by the highest Venice Politicians that ran 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.
Nowadays the Palace, that overlooks the stunning Riva Degli Schiavoni, is home of an important Venetian cultural institution.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRISON’S PALACE OF PIAZZA SAN MARCO
The building which is located in a very central position was planned by the architect Antonio Da Ponte in 1589, and was completed around 1614.
The Palace hosted one of the most ancient magistracies of the Venetian Republic “The Lords of Night at the Criminal“: this important judicial organism consisted of six members representing the city’s quarters and covering tasks of police and surveillance, as well as instructing processes.
Nowadays, the prison’s palace is the seat of the Artistic Circle of artists which welcomes guests offering different cultural experiences and concerts.
- 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
- Duration: 45 min
- Languages: Italian, English, French
- Inclusions: Live commentary – Entrance skip the line to the prison palace and its secret itinerary
- Max people per course: 15
- Price: 15 € p.p. – Free under 6 years old
Palazzo delle Prigioni. Andress: Castello 4209, 30122 Venezia
Prison’s Palace, Calle Seconda de la Fava, 4209, 30122 Venezia VE