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Uffizi & Accadamia-How to make reservations?

Apr 27th, 2007, 07:49 AM
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Uffizi & Accadamia-How to make reservations?

How can we go about making reservations to the museums in Florence? Is there a time limit on how far in advance we can book (we will be there mid September). Does anyone know the average time spent at each museum and are we better off making reservations the same day or on 2 separate days for each one?

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Apr 27th, 2007, 07:55 AM
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Apr 27th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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I'd suggest working with your hotel to get the reservations. we made ours thru our hotel about 3-4 months in advance. there was no additional charges for using the hotel. we did the sites on two separate days - accademia was a mid to late afternoon; uffizi was early afternoon. we spent around 2 hours at accademia, 4 hours at uffizi.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 09:49 AM
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Using your hotel will work. You can also use the phone reservation service. The people who answer are very efficient and speak good English. (Sorry, I don't have the number at hand.) The whole process takes only a couple of minutes.
Don't use the Web booking service, which charges a stiff booking fee on top of the cost of the ticket.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:32 AM
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Hi,

I'll be in Florence and Rome two weeks from today - I'd asked my B&B in Florence a couple of times to reserve time slots for me at the Uffizi and Academia and never got a confirmation. So, I decided I'd rather pay a small fee and use this website http://weekendafirenze.com/ to reserve my times at the museums and know for sure that I can get in.

Good luck!
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Apr 29th, 2007, 02:31 AM
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We're going to be in Florence for part of our Italian honeymoon in October. Do we have to make reservations for the Uffizi & Accadamia? Will the lines still be ridiculous then? Could we get our hotel to make the reservations say, the day before we wish to go?
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Apr 29th, 2007, 02:37 AM
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There are lines in October; your hotel can make them for you. I would have them do it a week in advance but that is being extra cautious. Send the hotel an e-mail with the times you want and have them call for you; all hotels in the city are used to doing this for clients. Or else, take your chances. You will get in but may have to wait on line.
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Apr 29th, 2007, 04:06 AM
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Hi T,

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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May 1st, 2007, 04:25 PM
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I'm going to Florence May 23 and 24 and I have been trying to call the reservation number (055/294883) to make reservations for the Uffizi and the Academia but I keep getting a recording that doesn't have an option for booking reservations. It just gives the opening times and general info. I made sure I was calling during the right hours. Anyone have suggestions?
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May 1st, 2007, 08:00 PM
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i think the website is

www.firenzemusei.it

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May 3rd, 2007, 03:34 AM
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Ira, thank you for the info.

I just called the number you gave and got right through, no problem. (It is 6:30am Central Time) There is a long listing of press 1 for this and 2 for that--press 4 for bookings. An English speaking operator came on the line and I booked 4 tickets for the Accademia and Uffizi. I was told the first tickets available for the Accademia were May 3 and for the Uffizi Tues. May 8th.

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May 3rd, 2007, 04:31 AM
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Thanks for the update, T4
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May 4th, 2007, 05:28 AM
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Thanks everyone for all your help!
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May 5th, 2007, 11:25 PM
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What is the " dial around number " for Florence ?
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May 6th, 2007, 06:01 AM
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Hi OK,

A "dail around" number is a broker that buys large blocks of phone time and sells it for lower prices than the usual long distance carrier's prices.

They are numbers to be used in your home country.

Google <dial around>

From the US, I use 1016868 for short calls and 1010987 for long calls.

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May 6th, 2007, 07:20 AM
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You always need an advance reservation for the Uffizi, but I'm telling you, if you go late in the day to Accademia, say, around 4:30pm, (which I've done in late May, btw) you may well have the place to yourself, but you are for sure not going to have the long lines there. It closes at like 18:50pm, I believe, so going at 4:30 would give you plenty of time.
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May 6th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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The "official" website for museums in Florence is -
http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/
You can check hours/costs/special events/booking information/closings.
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May 6th, 2007, 09:31 AM
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Thank you Ira.

Still not 100% clear about "dial around".

I have been away from this site for a while, and now feel I have missed something !

So "dial around" is generic term for a virtual pre-paid long distance calling card ?

The number you mentioned 101-6868 is specific to a company that provides this service ? Are there others - for example 101-5335 ?

Do I have to sign up ? Which is the best ?

Boy, do I feel like I am out of the loop !
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May 6th, 2007, 04:07 PM
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