How to Visit Florence: Practical Guide to New Museums’ Tickets

The Uffizi Gallery by night

In few days the new fares for the Uffizi Galleries and the Duomo Museum are going to be introduced; it’s a big change for Florence because it’s a new philosophy to combat the so-called “hit-and-run tourism”. I decided to sum up all the changes in Florence museums’ fares in this post – after a long period of writing-silence.

The Uffizi Galleries: one ticket for 3 museums and more time

The Uffizi director Eike Schmidt gave to the Uffizi a new online and offline image, with a new logo, a dedicated (and up-to-date) website and a new fares’ philosophy bringing in seasonal and combined tickets starting from March 1st, 2018.

The seasonal pricing introduces the combo ticket valid for the priority entrance to the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace, and the Boboli Gardens; it’s valid for 3 consecutive days and is cheaper in low season, from November 1st to February 28th. In high season, from March 1st to October 31st, the price per person for the Uffizi Gallery only is 20€, while the combined ticket is 38€ per person.

8 Tips and tricks for the new Uffizi tickets

  • Early visitor get 50% discount to the Pitti Palace – purchase the ticket before 8.59 am and enter to Pitti Museums before 9.25 am to have the 50% discount and pay the entrance  8€ in high season and 5€ in low season;
  • Priority entrance to the Uffizi should be booked – when you purchase the combined ticket you take advantage of the priority entrance to the Uffizi Gallery, but you must  communicate the day and entrance hour to the museum; the Uffizi museums should be also the first to be visited, i.e. the only museums where you can validate your combined ticket;
  • The annual pass could be an option – if you’re coming often to Florence if you’re going to stay longer than 3 days if you intend to visit the Uffizi galleries more than once during your stay that the purchase of the annual pass could be a good option. There is a combined annual pass, valid for 365 days, that costs 70€ and give you priority entrance to all the three museums; just the Uffizi museum’s annual pass costs 50€;
  • 8 new rooms to visit – the new arrangement of the artworks by Caravaggio and artists from the XVII century, displayed in 8 light-red rooms opened in February 2018;
  • 1st Sunday of the month the Uffizi Museums are free – in Italy State Museums like the Uffizi, Pitti and Boboli are free every first Sunday of the month thanks to #Domenicalmuseo project; priority admission is not guaranteed during the first Sunday;

Tondo Doni by Michelangelo

  • Better visit the Uffizi offseason – in low season (from November 1st to February 28th) you have discounted tickets, almost the 40% off to regular admission tickets and the rooms are less crowded than during high season (from March 1st to October 31st);
  • Best time to visit Uffizi is merenda or lunchtime – mealtime is the best to visit the museum because other people go out for lunch or getting ready for dinner; especially if you don’t have the tickets the late afternoon is perfect to get in without waiting too long;
  • The Contini Bonacossi Art Collection is now part of the Uffizi and included – from March 1st this large art collection that includes more thn 140 pieces of art like a stunning Saint Lawrence by Bernini, paintings by major artists and splendid pieces of furniture, is part of the new Uffizi disply with 8 new rooms;
  • The Archaeological Museum is included – from March 1st the entrance to the Archaeological Museum in Florence is included in the ticket of the Uffizi gallery; you have 5 days to visit the large collection of Egyptian and Etruscan findings from the visit to the Uffizi.

The Duomo Museum: new ticket’s fares and rules for the Cupola

Starting from March 1st, 2018 also the Grande Museo del Duomo introduces news fares: combined ticket costs 18€, it is valid for 72 hours and includes the Duomo Museum, Brunelleschi’s Cupola, Giotto’s Bell’s Tower, the Baptistery, the Florence Cathedral and Santa Reparata Crypt.

The climb to the dome, built by Brunelleschi in 1434, is included in the combined ticket but an advance reservation is mandatory since last Summer; I recommend to book your time to climb the cupola at least 48 hours before your arrival date.

Brunelleschi's Cupola

Last but not least there is a new combined ticket that includes the Opera del Duomo Museum and the re-opened Museum of the Misericordia, that displays more than 700 artworks from the collection of this important religious institution of Florence. The ticket costs 16€ per person and is valid for 72 hours; the dome, the Baptistery, the bell’s tower and the crypt are not included in this special fare.

Free museums for Florentine residents

If you’re a resident of Florence Municipality you have free entrance to the Boboli Gardens and to Villa Bardini’s Garden; for the residents of the metropolitan area of Florence, the entrance is free to the Baptistery.

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