Florence is dazzling in any season, not limiting you to a visit during the summer months. There´s so much to see that if you´re short of time don´t expect to cover everything but select your must-see sites and be prepared for a packed few days!Important to note
1- Designer boutiques, state museums and some big galleries do not open on Mondays.
2- Museum ticket offices stop issuing tickets half an hour before closing the museum.
3- Shorts, sleeveless shirts and plunging necklines are not accepted in churches.
4- State museums do not charge EU citizens under 18 and older than 65.
5- EU passport holders between 18 and 25 are charged only half the cost.
6- You may be lucky enough to be in Florence for the “culture week" when museums are open without charging visitors, but this changes from year to year so look it up.
7- If you chance to be in town on 18th February, you will also not pay for tickets. This day has been established to commemorate Anna Maria Louisa de’Medici
’s death, the last member of the family who left their collection to Florence. Florence on the Net.www.firenzeturismo.it
(APT Firenze): official website devoted to tourism in Florence.www.firenzemusei.it
( Firenze Musei): site for museum-visit booking. www.firenzespettacolo.it
( Firenze Spettacolo): site all about performances in Florence.www.maggiofiorentino.com
(Maggio Musicale Fiorentina): Site devoted to booking for the well-known festival.More Information Resources
:APT Florence www.firenzeturismo.it
Piazza Beccaria (tel. 055 233 20; Via Manzoni 16, open 9am to 1pm, Mon to Fri).
Amerigo Vespucci airport (tel. 055 31 58 74; open 8.30am-8.30pm).
San Lorenzo (tel. 055 29 08 32; Via Cavour 1r; open 8.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat, 8.30am- 1.30 Sun).Commune Firenze Tourist Information Office
(tel. 055 234 04 44; www.comune.fi.it
; Borgo Santa Croce 29r, open 9am-7pm Mon-Sat, 9am-2pm Sun). Museum Booking
highly recommended unless you are prepared to spend 4 to 5 hours queuing!
Contact Firenze Musei
(tel. 055 29 48 83, 055 265 4321; available 8.30-6.30pm Mon-Fri, -12.30 pm Sat) or book on the internet at www.firenzemusei.it
Tickets for all of the 13 state museums can be pre-booked (Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell’Accademia, Palazzo Pitti, Museo Nazionale del Bargello and Cappelle Medicee’s among others).
While in Florence, you can prebook at the Firenze information desk located at the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti or Chiesa di Orsanmichele. Many hotels also have this service.
To enter the Uffizi Gallery with a pre-booked ticket, first head for the building opposite the gallery to pick it up, then to Door one and you can skip the long queues. Ticket combinations:
There is a ticket including Cappella Brancacci
and Palazzo Vecchio
which you can use for three months after the purchase date.
To visit Palazzo Pitti
you have two options: a) buying a ticket including visits to the Galleria del Costume, Giardino di Boboli, Museo degli Argenti, Porcelain Museum and Giardino Bardini (Costume gallery, silver and porcelain museums and gardens), or b) purchasing a ticket to the Royal Apartments, Palatine Gallery and Galleria d’Arte Moderna. If you buy a combined ticket for all the sites you will certainly need a whole day to see everything. Interesting walking tours:
Artviva (tel. 055 264 5033; www.italy.artviva.com
; Via Sassetti 1; open 8am-6pm, Mon-Sat, - 1.30 pm Sun) operates tours to the most popular museums and other sites. Tours can be carried out in English and expert art historians conduct the tours rather than general guides.
A particularly intersting walking tour has been organized by Freya’s Florence, which can give you a bird’s eye view of Florence in two hours (tel. 349 07 48907; email@example.com
). Carefully prepared and really giving you a good feel for the city.