The “The Lords of Night at the Criminal” were Police and Judges of the Republic of Venice.
The prison staff will accompany you in an authentic Prisons' Palace with cramped cells, a court, and gruesome torture chambers with real tortures and justice tools. Casanova was arrested by the “The Lords of Night at the Criminal” in the Prison's Palace!

The Palace is "populated" by life-sized figures of the “The Lords of Night at the Criminal”, prisoners, judges, lawyers and all characters working in the prisons who were taken and recreated from ancient manuscripts.

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

See authentic graffiti left by the inmates and get to know Casanova's exciting escape: listen to the account of when he managed to escape from the maximum security prison!

Solo per piccoli gruppi (massimo 16 persone per visita)

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il cheba, la gabbia, strumento di tortura medievale al palazzo delle pregioni, venezia
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Discover the secrets and torture tools of Lords of the Night 

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  • Adults: €15 p.p.
  • Young (6 - 14 years old): € 10 p.p.
  • Free for children under 6 years old
  • Visitors are accompanied by the staff of the Palace
  • Languages: English, French and Italian. The tour could be bilingual
  • Starting time:
  • Tour in Italian and French: 10:00 AM - 12.15 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Tour in English and French: 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Maximum 16 partecipanti per partenza


  • Live commentary by prison staff in English and Italian

  • Audio commentary in French
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the prisons and the secret itinerary

Cancellation Policies

  • Bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service, client service online every day from 9 AM to 6 PM. 

Know Before To Go

  • Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
  • Comfortable shoes suggested.

  • Maximum 16 people per visit

  • The tour could be bilingual
  • The tour is not private but it could be shared with other participants


  • Please enter Prison's Place and head upstairs to the first floor.

How to reach the entrance of the Palace

  • 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.