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Do we need to book Uffizi tickets in advance?

Jun 9th, 2009, 04:21 AM
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Do we need to book Uffizi tickets in advance?

Hi all
We are leaving for Florence on Sunday. I had heard you need to book Uffizi tickets in advance. Is that correct? We will be joining a tour after 2 independent days in Florence. The tour company recomended a website www.florence-museum.com
Has anyone had any experience with this website? Should we book in advance?

Thanks
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Jun 9th, 2009, 04:45 AM
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Your post is confusing. Will you be visiting the Uffizi with the tour or will you visit on your own during your two independent days? If you're on your own, you will save much wait-in-line time if you order your tickets in advance. Those with reservations enter first.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 04:59 AM
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Two easy ways:

1. From the U.S., direct reservations line:
011-39-055-294-883 (last time I used this, there was an English prompt)

2. Have you asked your hotel? Many hotels graciously offer to make the reservation for their clients.

Your choices may be very limited this late in the game. If none are available, you'll have a long wait. The line gets verrrrryyyyyy long. Good luck!
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Jun 9th, 2009, 05:18 AM
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The web site you're looking at has about a 5 euro markup per ticket that you don't need to pay. If you go here:

www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/uffizi/venue.aspx

you'll pay the standard rate of 14 euros -- 10 plus a 4 euro reservation fee charged by the Uffizi. (Admission is normally 6.50, but it's currently upped to 10 because of a special exhibit.)

Note that the Uffizi is closed on Monday.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 05:37 AM
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I took a look at the web site, and there are only a couple of afternoon spots left for Tuesday -- if you want to book for then, you should do it pronto. Calling the number swisshiker gives will do the trick too. The cost is the same by phone or on line.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 07:23 AM
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Just an FYI: I read somewhere that the website (posted by Matt) only makes reservations for afternoons, no mornings.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 07:27 AM
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You MUST get advanced tickets for the Uffizi or risk waiting in line for hours--or not getting in at all. swisshiker's advice is excellent. No need to pay extra fee on top of reservation and admission price.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 07:45 AM
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That's a good point, swisshiker -- I hadn't realized it before, but on the web site you can book only from noon on.
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Jun 10th, 2009, 11:49 PM
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I also checked out that website to book tickets to the Uffizi or the Accademia and there are only ticket time slots after 12pm. Can you not have time slots in the morning if ordering online?
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Jun 11th, 2009, 03:40 AM
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This is the way it goes, make an advance reservation through the OFFICIAL site . When you are in Florence have a look at the line, if it is something reasonable for you, do the line and
do not use the reserve tickets, you will not be charged, reservation will simply die.
The fee is a few euros, of course if you do the line no extra fee but usually it is worth it because for most of us time is precious.
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Jun 11th, 2009, 04:50 AM
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"Can you not have time slots in the morning if ordering online?" Correct.

If you would like a morning time slot, simply call the ticket office number posted above.
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Jun 13th, 2009, 03:05 AM
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I just booked tickets for Uffizi for me + 2 kids €22 from Matt Lombardis link (The other websites all wanted to charge me €45 for the same tickets)- am very happy as we only have 2 days in Florence, but he is correct there were only afternoon slots. I didn't read all the posts about huge crowds in the gallery in the afternoon so I hope we will find a way to see something in the crush.
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Jun 13th, 2009, 08:35 AM
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Culturevulture -- Did you book tickets for your kids at the discounted children's price? Note that only kids who are EU citizens are eligible for the discount, so if you're from elsewhere you'll run into a problem when you go to pick up your tickets.

If this is the case for you, you might call the reservation number swisshiker gives above and explain the situation. (Have your confirmation number handy.) I suspect this happens all the time, but I don't know how they handle it.
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Jun 13th, 2009, 09:13 AM
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anyone having trouble with that number? I tried calling it on Sat which they do open from 830-12pm but got an operator saying the number or service is not available?
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Jun 13th, 2009, 09:29 AM
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If you make an online or phone reservation, remember to head first to Door #3 to pick up your actual tickets. Simply show them your paperwork or tell them your scheduled time, they look you up and then hand you the tickets.

Once you have your tickets in hand, then proceed to Door #1 (entrance to museum).

Happy travels!
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Jun 13th, 2009, 09:47 AM
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myserendipity - Did you call Italian time?

Graziella - The b-ticket.com is the official booking site. When you go to the official museum website for Florence and click to book tickets it rolls over to b-ticket.
http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/Default.asp?
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Jun 15th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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@kybourbon - Yea, I called Italian time and I trie calling today (Monday) italian time as well and still got a message saying the number is not in service. I dialed it as 011-39-055-294-883, using a long distance carrier called Lunex telecom. Am I not dialing it correctly?
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Jun 15th, 2009, 01:13 PM
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Today is Monday and they are closed Mondays.
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Jun 15th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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Jun 15th, 2009, 01:31 PM
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How far in advance can you book your tickets? It shows everything as booked in November, but I'm guessing that's because you can't reserve that far in advance.
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