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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.

Booking Agencies

Select Italy www.selectitlay.com: Select Italy, a US company, with online booking for museums, tours, music, events and train tickets in Italy. Advance tickets and reservations for museums in Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice.
  Slow Travel Classifieds - Italy Travel Consultants: Travel consultants can book museums and other events.

www.charta.it: Charta is an Italian company that offers online tickets sales for events in Italy. Read more about how to use this site.

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.

Milan

To reserve tickets for Da Vinci's "Last Supper":

Venice

Secret Itinerary

You can reserve tickets in advance for the Secret Itinerary tour (in English) of the Doge's Palace in Venice.

Museum Passes

Venice offers two types of museum passes:

  • Museums of St. Mark's Square - gets you access to the four museums around this main piazza, the Doges Palace, the Correr, Archeological Museums, and the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
  • Venice City Museum Pass (valid for 6 months) - this pass includes a single entrance to each of the above museums plus, the Murano Glass Factory, Burano Lace Factory, Ca'Rezzonico, Palazzo Mocenigo, Carlo Goldoni's house, Ca' Pesaro and the Museum of Natural History. Excellent choice if you're slow traveling and spending an extended amount of time in Venice.

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.

Florence

Uffizi Gallery

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.

  • Call the Uffizi directly 011-39-055-294-883 (English speaking operator).
  • Book through Select Italy or one of the Booking Agencies listed above.

These booking agencies can also book you into other Florence art galleries.

Vasari Corridor

A tour of the Vasari Corrider can be booked in advance via Select Italy - The Vasari Corridor Tour.

Pisa

Leaning Tower

www.opapisa.it: Book online for a reservation to tour and climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Rome

Vatican Museums

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.

www.santasusanna.org/popeVatican/museums.html: Reservations for the Scavi Tour at St. Peters. Read a description of this tour.

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.

Borghese Gallery

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).

Ancient Rome

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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