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Reservations for Art Galleries and Museums
You need reservations for many of the major art galleries, like the Uffizi in Florence and the Borghese in Rome. If you do not have reservations for the Uffizi, you could wait in line for hours. You cannot get into the Borghese without a reservation.
Order advanced tickets and reservations from online Booking Agencies (see our list below). Be sure you are not just getting an advance ticket - but also a reservation time - or you may still end up waiting in line. Read below for details on the galleries in each major city. Remember, you can also wait until you arrive in the city and have your hotel get a reservation for you, but in high season it is best to book ahead.
www.florenceart.it: Florence Art. Online booking for museums.
www.ticketeria.it: Ticketeria. Online booking for museums and tours.
www.tickitaly.com: Tickitaly.com. Online booking for museums and tours.
www.weekendafirenze.com: Weekend a Firenze. Online booking for museums and tours in Florence.
NOTE: Many hotels offer museum booking. Check with your hotel or vacation rental agency to see if they can make the booking for you. Travel consultants can also make these bookings for you.
To reserve tickets for Da Vinci's "Last Supper":
You can reserve tickets in advance for the Secret Itinerary tour (in English) of the Doge's Palace in Venice.
Venice offers two types of museum passes:
Several options exist for booking these passes, through VeniceConnected and VivaTicket are two which will book in euro and require credit card conversions (that may result in additional fees depending on your credit card) or through Select Italy's Venice Museums, paid in US dollars.
www.uffizi.firenze.it: Uffizi Gallery in Florence
The Uffizi gallery is famous for its long lines, but with an advance ticket and reservation you bypass the line.
These booking agencies can also book you into other Florence art galleries.
A tour of the Vasari Corrider can be booked in advance via Select Italy - The Vasari Corridor Tour.
www.opapisa.it: Book online for a reservation to tour and climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
www.christusrex.org: Vatican Museums in Rome
You can buy reserved tickets for the Vatican museums (including the Sistine Chapel) to bypass the lines. Vatican Museum Tickets: http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va. Through this site you can also book tours for the Vatican Gardens.
Select Italy - The Sistine Chapel Private Visit: Private after hours tours of the Vatican but they also offer group tours of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel for much less.
3 Millennia Tours: Vatican Museum tour.
www.galleriaborghese.it: Borghese Gallery in Rome
You have to have reservations for the Borghese Gallery. You can buy these through a booking agency, such as Select Italy, or just call when you are there (a day or two ahead).
You do not need reservations for the Roman Forum or Colosseum however they do charge to visit these sites now. You can purchase tickets once you arrive or through Select Italy with their Colosseum and Forum pass. There is also the opportunity to visit the Colosseum Dungeons and Upper Tiers.
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