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Secret itinerary tour of palace

We purchased tickets for this tour and printed them out but they are in Italian I do not see a meeting place for this. Will there be a sign of where to go? We want to avoid getting in a long line. Thanks very much.

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You can use Google translate
Just copy and paste the entire ticket text into Google translate

I’d recommend getting the app
It will come in handy on your trip

The meeting place was just inside the courtyard
Past the ticket desk
You can also ask someone where to go

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If you purchased them from the Doge's Palace itself the meeting place is in the interior courtyard area of palace.

Walk to the palace from SM Piazza and there is an official entrance facing the canal. Show them your ticket and you will be shown into the courtyard area - I think a quick security check - and you will get a tour sticker for your meeting time and wait for your group to gather with your guide.

It's all organized and pretty straightforward with decent signage.

Venice is amazing - have a great trip,

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Yes, it was the Doges palace and the "official" tour. Thanks so much for the information and for the super quick replies. Forum members here are the best. We are doing four nights in Venice and two in Padua before the Villages Italy tour.

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Yup, there will likely be lines to get in to Doges Palace that wrap around the building to the Piazza S Marco side. But you skip those and go to the entrance, show them your phone or paper QR code and they’ll direct you to the interior courtyard meeting spot.

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Tips. . . . the spaces are mostly in the uppermost part of the palace, under the metal roof with no heating and no A/C. In summer it's stiflingly hot (take hand fans and cold drinks) and in Feb-March it is bitterly cold (gloves, warm scarves and more.
Assuming nothing's changed for years, the price includes general entry to the Palace, so you go in through the same entrance as everyone else and there shouldn't be a long line (that line is for people buying tickets and maybe another for people picking up tickets pre-purchased). There's no time limit on your visit, so you can go in as soon as the sight opens and wander around as much as you like, just get to the tour meeting place about 10 minutes ahead. Note that the tour goes only to parts of the Palace that are otherwise off-limits to visitors. Again, assuming nothing's changed there's a nice cafe to one side of the courtyard. Back when I was there it was reasonably priced. You may want to have a bit of a rest with some refreshments after the tour before seeing the rest of the sight.

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Thanks so much for the information and about the cafe. I think we will definitely need a bite to eat and rest afterwards.