Planning a visit to Florence Museums

Posted by Matthew Daub – Arts Sojourn

Florence is one of the main tourist destinations in Italy. Travelers from all over the world flock there making for a bit of a crush. One of Florence’s main draws is its wealth of high Rennaisance art and its two museum stars are the Uffizi and Accademia museums.

There are many attractions in Florence where, although there are always crowds, the wait time will not be interminable, however the Uffizi and Accademia are another story. If you just show up at the door to puchase an entry ticket for these institutions you will be relegated to the end of a long, and I do mean LONG, line where waiting time can extend for hours.

For a modest additional fee it is possible to purchase advance tickets for a specific entry time for these and other Florence museums through an official website. This site charges a modest fee (currently 4 euros for the Uffizi) in addition to the standard museum admission fee, but the time saved and convenience should be well worth the cost.

The website can be set to the English language and is fairly straightforward and easy to understand and use. Payment can be made online via major credit cards and an email confirmation for the specific time that you request (if available) will be sent to you by email. When you arrive at the museum you will need to look for an entrance on the opposite side of the court from the main entry point. This is where you will pick up your ticket. You will still likely have a line to wait on, but it is modest compared to the throngs on the other line for those without advance tickets.

I am a firm believer in the benefits of slow travel and I like to keep my itineraries modest and loose, but when visiting the main Florence museums a bit of advance planning is clearly an advantage.

You may click on this link for the museum site or paste the url into your browser.  http://www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/uffizi/default.aspx

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Matthew Daub is a professional artist and university professor with works in major public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. He has been leading plein air painting workshops in Italy since 1994. In 1999, Matthew and his wife Barbara formed Arts Sojourn as “a vacation for artists and their friends.” The program is designed to appeal to artists of all levels as well as non-artists who enjoy the company of creative people in a slow travel format.

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