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 Uffizi Gallery Guided 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.
- Skip the ticket line by booking an Academia guided tour or by buying Accademia Gallery Priority Entrance tickets or tickets through B-ticket (see link above).
Palazzo Vecchio Secret Itineraries
The interesting Palazzo Vecchio Secret Itineraries, one of the Palazzo Vecchio Tours options, should be booked in advance as there are a limited number of spaces for the tours. This tour takes you to places not normally open to visitors including hidden rooms, staircases, and the attic. After the tour you can stay in the Palazzo Vecchio on your own for a longer visit. Other options using the above link are the regular guided tour and a fresco painting workshop.
Visiting FlorenceWhere to Stay:
- Asso’s Place is a beautiful vacation apartment with great view of the Duomo Dome, a couple of blocks away.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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