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Four Ways to Obtain Museum Passes and Tickets In Florence

Jane Parker (Jane)

Friends of the Uffizi Membership

If you are planning on visiting several museums in Florence, quite possibly the best deal for you is a Friends of the Uffizi Membership—even if you are there for just a few days.

An annual membership, which costs 100 Euro for a family of 4; 60 Euro for an individual or  40 Euro for people under 26, provides unlimited access to all the state museums in Florence at any time. This includes the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace Museums, the Accademia, the Bargello, the Medici Chapel, San Marco Museum and other venues.

Once you have your membership card, you do not need reservations nor do you need to stand in line. You simply go to the front of the line, show your membership card to the “gate keeper” and you are admitted into the museum.

The beauty of this membership is not only the ease of entrance but the fact that now you don’t need “to do” a museum in one visit. We often went to the Uffizi to visit just one or two rooms, spending an hour or so before leaving. At the Pitti Palace we could visit the different museums on different days. Basically, the membership gives the freedom to enjoy and absorb rather than rush and not see.

You can obtain this pass in two ways.

  1. You can download an application from their website and fax or mail it to them.When asked for information you do not have, for instance CI number and company, put in N/A. For state and/or province, use your city and state. You will receive confirmation via e-mail or snail mail. Your membership cards will be mailed to you.
  2. In Florence, you apply at the Friends of the Uffizi office which is located in a building across from the Uffizi entrances.

Further information and details can be found at The Friends of the Uffizi website

It is important to know that you will be asked to provide picture identification along with your membership card. Also, note that membership is for a calendar year.

You will see that the site says only 4 passes admitted every 15 minutes; however, in our year there, including busy summer months, we were always admitted immediately.

Individual Museum Tickets Once In Florence (How to avoid the purchase lines at the museums)

The lines to buy tickets at the museums, particularly the Uffizi and Accademia, can be very, very long. If you have not bought your tickets through an agency or a hotel, the best place to buy them and make your reservations is not at the museums themselves.

On Via dei Calzauoli (the main avenue leading from the Duomo down to Piazza Signoria) there is a ticket booth in the back wall of the Church of the Guilds Orsanmichele. This is diagonally across from the Coin department store. Here you can purchase tickets and reserve times for most of the museums of Florence. (You can not buy a Friends of the Uffizi Membership here.)

Ticketbooth

The Orsanmichele ticket booth

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS

A web search will bring up several sites which reserve and sell tickets to the museums of Florence. There is a substantial add-on fee for these services.

Your hotel will be able tomake reservations for you either before or upon your arrival. Again there will be an add-on fee.

Polo Museale

The Polo Museale, which is part of the State administration of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and oversees 20 art institutions in Florence,offers tickets and advanced reservations to many of the major museums in Florence. For a 4 Euro booking fee per ticket, you can book on-line at Polo Museale

Resources

The Friends of the Uffizi: More information on membership

Select Italy: Select Italy also offers advance tickets and reservations for museums in Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice.


Jane Parker and her family are living in Italy for a year. Follow their adventures on her blog Casey, Italy and Other Good Stuff.

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