Florence is home to two of Italy’s top museums, the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia, home of the famous statue of David. Since they are so popular, ticket lines can be very long. You don’t want to spend your vacation standing in line, or worse miss being able to see the things you want, so it’s best to buy tickets in advance. Here’s how to buy tickets for these top museums or tours before you go to Florence:
Uffizi Gallery Tickets
The Uffizi Gallery is one of Italy’s most visited museums, seeing about 2 million visitors a year, so it can get very crowded. Founded in the 16th century to house the Medici family art collection, it’s one of the world’s oldest art galleries. There are 45 rooms filled with thousands of art works, ranging from sculptures to Renaissance and Baroque paintings. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus if probably the most famous painting. Top artists whose works you can see in the Uffizi include Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, Giotto, and Titian. If you can, reserve your tickets for early morning (the museum usually opens at 8:15 and is closed on Mondays) so you’ll have a little time with fewer visitors. Plan for at least 2 hours inside the museum.Skip the ticket line by buying tickets in advance or booking a guided tour:
- Take an Express Florence Highlights with Uffizi & Accademia Tickets tour, buy Priority Entrance Uffizi Gallery tickets or find tickets on B-ticket, the Florence Museums site.
While the most famous work in the Accademia is Michelangelo’s David, there is a huge collection of Renaissance art to see including a couple of other works by Michelangelo, paintings by Sandro Botticelli, and a room dedicated to Giotto. There’s also a small gallery of musical instruments.
Climb the magnificent cathedral Dome and go out on the terrace for amazing views of Florence. Book in advance to avoid the long line.
Visiting FlorenceWhere to Stay:
- Hotel Duomo, Florence is a 3-star hotel right on Piazza del Duomo.
- Hotel Goldoni is a comfortable and quiet old-style hotel in the historic center.
- Casa Botticelli is a boutique hotel in a palazzo near Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.
- See more hotels and places to stay in Florence.
- Don’t miss these 5 Must-see Florence Monuments
- Find the location of top sights on this Florence Map.
- Get the Digital Florence Walking Tour to discover the highlights at your own pace.
- Take the Welcome to Florence: Evening City Stroll & Gelato tour.
- Rick Steves Pocket Florence
- The Cognoscenti’s Guide to Florence: Shop and Eat Like a Florentine
- An Art Lovers Guide to Florence
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