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Florence in January - Reservations Necessary?

Florence in January - Reservations Necessary?

Old Dec 16th, 2005, 09:56 AM
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Florence in January - Reservations Necessary?

Hi. We will be in Florence for a few days in the first half of January. Rick Steve's guide notes that reservations are highly advisable for some famous museums (e.g., Uffizi and Accademia). Do we need to make reservations for our January trip? My guess is "no" but we'd appreciate the input of someone with more experience. Thanks in advance.
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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 10:27 AM
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I was there in early January, and was very grateful to have reservations, given the size of the lines. It's very easy and cheap to do, and you will save yourself hours. If you don't need the reservations, you only pay for them if you actually use them. Follow Ira's instructions.
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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 11:18 AM
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Hi E,

Uffizi and Academia Museum Reservations
The easiest and cheapest way is to call Florence 1016868 (dial around number), 011 (U.S. international access code) 39 (Italy's country code) then 055-294-883 8:30-18:30 M-F and 8:30-12:00 Sat. Florence time. You will get an English speaking operator and in 2-3 minutes YOU CAN RESERVE FOR BOTH. This is through the reservation service at the Uffizi and costs beyond the normal entry fee only about 3 euro for the service. This is MUCH cheaper than the commercial booking services.

You will not be charged for the reservations unless you use them.

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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 01:05 PM
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I was in florence 8 days starting jan17th 2005 and made not one reservation other than for our hotel room. we walked in with NO line to the Uffizi and the Accademia and everywhere else we went. we were in the medici chapel with the michaelangelo tomb pieces with one other tourist. also had no problems with restaraunts. had a fantastic time BTW. lynda
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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 03:16 PM
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I highly recommend reservations. No matter what, it will keep you from standing outside in the cold or rain.
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Old Dec 16th, 2005, 09:09 PM
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Old Dec 17th, 2005, 09:21 PM
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We were superglad to have reservations as we walked past a line of more than a hundred (we stopped counting at fifty and guesstimated the rest...) poor souls freezing in the rain, no kidding. First week of January.

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Old Dec 19th, 2005, 06:51 PM
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I appreciate everyone's responses. I guess one can't go wrong by making reservations - then you either use them if necessary or just forget about them if there's no line.
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