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Tickets to Florence Museums - ahead of time????

Jan 31st, 2007, 09:57 AM
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Tickets to Florence Museums - ahead of time????

I heard I should get tickets to the Accedemia and the Uffizi before we go. I have a couple questions...

Where do you resrve tickets to the accedemia?

Also, this means we give up flexibility? I'm nervous about getting tickets to a day a time slot... and then having to keep to that.

We're going to be there mid-march... do you think we should just get the tickets when we get there, since it's not high season?

THANKS!
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Jan 31st, 2007, 10:05 AM
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I have the same question! We will also be there in mid-march. I asked our B&B host to make us reservations for Saturday and Sunday evenings, and he said we would not need reservations at that time. Should I believe him? br />
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Jan 31st, 2007, 10:19 AM
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You're probably ok to call from your hotel the day before you want to go. Number is 055 29 48 83
They speak English.
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Jan 31st, 2007, 10:34 AM
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We were in Florence in mid-March and were very glad that we had advance reservations. The lines were at least one hour at the Uffizi during the middle of the week.

You could make the reservations when you arrive in Florence or have your hotel do it. If not, we made our reservations through this site: http://www.weekendafirenze.com/bigph...=fi&mus=uffizi

There is an additional fee attached to the tickets for the service, but we thought it was well worth not wasthing the time in line.
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Jan 31st, 2007, 10:51 AM
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I haven't travelled to Florence mid-March so don't know how long the lines might be. Your hotel would most likely be able to make advance reservations for you.

If you want to do it yourself (and not pay an agency a high fee) you can call 011-39-055-294-883 and speak to an English speaking operator -- it is really very easy. I believe the hours to call are M-F 8:30-18:30, Sat 8:30-12:30 (Florence time.) You don't have to pay in advance; if you decide not to use the reservations you're not out any money.

Have a great trip!
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Jan 31st, 2007, 12:20 PM
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What about the Accedemia... do I need these in advance? THANKS!
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Jan 31st, 2007, 12:25 PM
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I wouldn't delay until the day before. Some people have had trouble booking months ahead. I would phone the number now. If you phone directly (rather than using one of the online booking services) you do not have to prepay, and there is no financial penalty for not showing up.
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Jan 31st, 2007, 12:26 PM
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You may as well book both the Uffizi and the Accademia...it's the same phone number. May as well make only the 1 call.
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Jan 31st, 2007, 01:08 PM
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Is it expensive to call Italy for these reservations?
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Jan 31st, 2007, 01:20 PM
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You can phone for pennies per minute with the right long-distance plan, or with a calling card.
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Jan 31st, 2007, 01:29 PM
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Hi all,

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.

Have a nice visit.

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Jan 31st, 2007, 01:32 PM
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thanks for the advice... I'll try and book these this weekend!
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Jan 31st, 2007, 01:34 PM
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Note that if you want to book them this weekend, that 8:30 - noon Florence time that the reservations line is open on Saturday will mean you are doing this late Friday night or very early Saturday morning, if calling from the US.
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Jan 31st, 2007, 06:26 PM
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We were in Florence in mid January. We literally walked right into the Accademia Gallery - no problems at all and no queue. At the Uffizi, we arrived about 15 minutes before the expected opening time of 8.15am. There were only about 6 people ahead of us in queue. The museum didn't actually open until 8.45am and by this time there were quite a few people waiting. However, we got in no trouble at all. So no prebooked tickets and not much waiting. But have no idea what it is like in March. I found the Uffizi disappointing - was expecting something incredible after hearing so much about the place, but felt let down by it. There were several rooms closed off, so perhaps this was the reason. I'm not sure, but we seemed to get through the museum very quickly.
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