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During the majority of the year, Florence is a busy and crowded city and its favourite museums are packed. If you plan to visit Florence between March and October, do yourself a favor and make reservations for your museum visits (avoiding queues that can last hours).
To reserve your museum tickets, phone the official Firenze Musei telephone number (you can choose to speak to an English-speaking operator) to choose the time and date of your visit. They will give you a reservation number, which is vital for picking up the tickets. No need for payment in advance.
You can also book (and pay) for these tickets online, but some have had problems with this in the past.
Reserving by telephone is easy and you do not need to pay in advance. Or get Florence card, with which you can pass the queues without booking.
PICKING UP YOUR TICKETS
Uffizi Gallery: On the day of your booking, make sure you arrive at the museum about 15 minutes before your reserved time (note that at the Uffizi at certain times of the day there may be a line to pick up your tickets, but it is not a long wait and you will be able to go directly into the museum entrance with your ticket). Go to the reservations door (opposite side of the courtyard to the entrance). You will need to present your reservation number and pay in cash. If you are eligible for an EU discount, you must have a passport or similar ID with you. After paying for and receiving your tickets, you will be directed to the museum entrance on the opposite side of the courtyard. Door no. 1 is for reserved ticket holders. There are 2 lines here - one is for tour groups with reserved tickets, the other is for individuals.
Accademia Gallery: On the day of your booking, arrive at the museum around 10 minutes before your reserved time. There are two entrances on the same street for the Accademia. The entrance closest to the Duomo is for unreserved tickets. The entrance closest to Piazza San Marco is for reserved tickets. There may be two lines here - one is for reserved tour groups, the other is for reserved individuals. Show the staff your reservation number and you will be let in to the ticket hall where you can then proceed directly to the museum rooms.
This is the official State Museum website: http://www.uffizi.firenze.it/english/...
The official museum booking website (any others will charge you considerably more): http://www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/uffizi/
The official phone number for bookings: +39 055 294883 , during office hours of 8:30am - 6:30pm Monday through Friday and 8:30am - 12:30pm on Saturdays (the "0" of the Florence prefix, "055" must always be dialed).
The official web site of the Florence Card: http://www.firenzecard.it/index.php?l...