Florence is known all over the world for being the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ and a must-visit when traveling to Italy. Every year, thousands of tourists travel to Florence, both in high and low seasons, therefore, it is advisable to plan ahead, especially when it comes to museum tickets. Here all the information on how to book tickets for main attractions in Florence!
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It is worth pre-booking the Uffizi and Accademia galleries tickets in advance, as these tend to be crowded in low season and overcrowded in high season. On the other hand, you can easily buy tickets on-site for other state museums. In any case, these are the booking options Florence has to offer.
By telephone: this is the cheapest option since you don’t have to pay ahead of time. You can call +39 055 294 883 and book, then turn up around 15-20 minutes before your booking time and pay your tickets on site. The call centre is open from Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 6.30pm and on Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm, and is closed on Sundays. You don't have an Italian SIM Card? Ask a Prontopia local assistant to call for you!
Online: you can book your tickets at B-ticket.com. By booking online, you’ll have to pay upfront and you won’t be able to make changes to your reservation. Tickets are non-refundable.
On-site: you can simply buy tickets at the museum on the day of your visit, at the base ticket cost, without extra fees. If you want to avoid long queues, it is advisable to go on-site in early morning or late in the afternoon.
Overall, visiting Florence’s main cathedrals and churches does not require pre-booking as you won’t have to face long queues.
The only cathedral that requires a little preparation is the Duomo, or Santa Maria del Fiore. You can pre-book the inclusive €18 ticket to all ‘Grande Museo del Duomo’ monuments (Santa Maria del Fiore Works Museum, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Baptistry of Saint John and Crypt of Santa Reparata) online.
If you just want to enter the Duomo cathedral, without going up to the Dome, you can’t book, and you can enter for free. The cathedral entrance is not part of the inclusive ticket.
However, if you want to go up Florence’s Dome, you need to book a time slot online with your names; this can neither be changed nor refunded.
Do you want to experience an evening at Florence’s Opera House? If you’re into ballet, opera music and classical music concerts, it’s worth visiting Florence’s new Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which hosts an elegant, European-style, modern hall with an orchestra.
If you want to book tickets to a pop music concert or to a comedy in other theatres, such as Teatro della Pergola, Teatro Verdi and Tuscany Hall, you can check out Ticket One.
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