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    Default Making the most of a Firenze Card

    My plans are about finished for my trip to Florence. Can you look over my itinerary and let me know if it's realistic please? I plan to purchase the Firenze Card, so I want to get the most out of it in 3 days - I know those will be packed days.
    Day 1, we arrive in Florence early on a Monday and I know we'll be worn out from the flight, so I don't have a lot planned. Just purchasing the Firenze cards, and maybe the Orsanmichele Church (because I really want to go inside the museum that's only open on Mondays)
    This will be our "recover" day with resting and walking around, getting our bearings.

    Day 2 (first day using Firenze Card): Climb the Dome before the crowds and heat sets in. Pitti Palace/Palatine Gallery, Brancacci Chapel, Bargello, and if I have any energy left - climb Giotto's tower.

    Day 3: Uffizi, Santa Croce, Casa Buonarroti, Baptistry of Duomo, Duomo museum, palazzo Vecchio

    Day 4: Accademia, Museum of San Marco, Medici Chapel, Medici Riccardi palace, Santa Maria Novella. In the evening - San Miniato Church/gregorian chants and sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo.

    Day 5 is dedicated to Pisa and Lucca

    Day 6: Santo Spirito Church, Santa Felicita Capponi Chapel, and inside the Cathedral if we don't get to it during the 3 "Firenze card days".

    I don't plan to spend hours inside any of these places (Uffizi and Accademia might be the exceptions). There are certain things I want to see in each place, but I won't be rushing through either. Depending on how pooped I am on the day we arrive, I might be able to move the San Miniato and Piazzale Michelangelo over to monday evening.

    I've been careful to plan my schedule around opening/closing times, but I'm not sure about geographic feasibility.

    I used your "Florence in 3 days" article, as well as Rick Steves' Florence tour book.

    Is it do-able?

    Thanks!

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    Ciao Melany,

    The itinerary looks pretty good! Monday - day 1 - is good both for recovering as well as just walking outside and enjoying the piazzas and monuments since you'll spend the other days indoors... also many museums in Florence are closed on Mondays so it makes sense to do as you've planned. Starting the Firenze card on day 2 makes perfect sense, as your 72 hours start from first use.

    Some other notes about the itinerary:
    - the Duomo museum is currently closed for renovations and only the main gallery is open, still worth visiting.
    - definitely leave the inside of the cathedral to after your card expires, as entrance is free!

    It will be a full week but it is definitely doable!
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    Default Re: Making the most of a Firenze Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Lourdes View Post

    Some other notes about the itinerary:
    - the Duomo museum is currently closed for renovations and only the main gallery is open, still worth visiting.
    !
    Oh no! 3 things on my "must see" list are here - Ghiberti's doors, Michelangelos Pieta and Donatellos Mary Magdalene.

    Thanks for the information.

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    Default Opera del Duomo Museum

    I just called the museum to make sure and unfortunately was unable to talk to someone who knew WHICH parts of the museum are closed, but did receive confirmation that not everything is closed as they renovate! Ghiberti's doors are in the gallery which is definitely open, but to know about the Pieta' and the Mary Magdalene I was told to call back tomorrow.

    So I'll call and let you know what they tell me - when exactly will you be in Florence? they might just tell me what is currently open and might change by the time you arrive.
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    Thank you Lourdes!
    I arrive next week on the 15th. I plan to visit the museum on the 17th.

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    Default Re: Making the most of a Firenze Card

    OOPs! I just thought of another question (not really related to JUST Firenze card, but most of the museums are on the card)

    I understand that most museums (Uffizi, Accademia, etc) do not allow photography inside. However, since I'll be walking to more than just the museums, I'll have my camera, and I wear it across my body with a camera strap. Will I be allowed to wear it like that, or will I have to check it?
    What about a small camera bag? If I bring a bag it will be small, but I'll have extra lenses in it and then my camera won't fit.

    I know that in Rome, the Borghese Gallery doesn't allow bags of any kind - even a purse. Are the museums in Florence the same way?

    Thanks again for your help!

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    Ciao Melany,

    Ok just called the Opera del Duomo and got confirmation that the museum is closed for restoration and only the Gallery is open - which is where Ghiberti's Doors of Paradise are. They also moved Michelangelo's Pieta' to the Gallery since it normally isn't there, so those two works can be seen. Unfortunately, Donatello's Maria Magdalene is part of the restorations so is not visible. She's made of wood, so maybe the Gallery would not be a good place to have her at, but if she's due for restoration, you wouldn't be able to see her even if the museum wasn't closed already.

    As far as the camera and bags, only the Uffizi makes you check in large bags and backpacks. If you take a smaller bag, then you should be able to take it in with you, with the camera strapped around, lenses covered. Whether they are very strict about putting it in a bag really depends on the custodians of the moment.....
    You can't take pics of the rooms, but you CAN take pics along the corridors of the OUTSIDE - so of Palazzo Vecchio on one side, and of the Arno and Ponte Vecchio on the other.
    So a camera would still be nice to have along with you. The route through the museum is long, so you could plan on two bags, leaving the larger one below and carry the smaller one with you...
    most of the other museums are not as picky about bags or cameras, but they will tell you again that you can't take photos.... some of the museums do allow for pics, so just check when you enter.
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    Thanks for your help Lourdes.
    I'm bummed about Mary -- It would be amazing to see a wooden statue THAT old. I wonder how they "restore" something like that -- maybe a good oiling or waxing? Some Lemon Pledge?
    I've seen her in my Art History books, but I never really realize the actual size till seeing it in person.

    I'm getting my schedule finalized now. I realize I had the Brancicci Chapel scheduled for a Tuesday, but saw on their website that its closed on Tuesday. Things have been rearranged to fit.

    I'll be there on Monday morning! Look for me then -- I'll be the American wearing a camera.

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    Sounds like you're pretty much set!

    Hadn't caught that about the Brancacci chapel, glad you did! I am sure you and your son will have a great time in Tuscany Hope you can let us know how everything turns out afterward, if things go as planned or even if they don't! sharing your experience will definitely be useful to everyone else who happens on our forum
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    I'm finally here! I arrived this afternoon after missing my layover in Frankfurt and enduring an unexpected delay.

    I purchased my Firenze Cards yesterday. My reason for this post is to tell you (if you don't already know) that the price increased from 50 Euros to 70 on 1 July. The IT lady told me there was no announcement, and they didn't know until it happened.

    We bought one anyway, hopefully it will be worth the cost in time savings! In my brief walk today, I saw the long line to get into the Cathedral, (the crowds in that area was awful) I can just imagine what the Accademia line will look like. I was amazed from what I saw on the outside, though - WOW.
    We also walked into Orsanmichele. I thought it was closed on Monday except for the museum. What a beautiful church.


    On a good note, I had gelato! Malone was like ice cold fresh, sweet, juicy cantaloupe! It took me back 20 years when I lived in Aviano!

    Now I sit in my hotel, suffering from jet lag and sore feet LOL

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