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  1. #11
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    Ciao Damith,

    So glad to hear Florence was your favorite city, what other cities did you get a chance to visit in Tuscany or Italy? Did you make it to Pisa?

    Thank you for coming back and letting us know how all your visits went with the Firenze Card!!

    It is great to get feedback of anyone following the itineraries we suggest and finding confirmation that the queues can be skipped The tip of getting the "free" ticket for your child will be noted on the article, it is definitely something to highlight.

    I hope you do get to return soon and enjoy more of Florence as well as the region
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    Ciao!

    We were in Italy for 17 days.

    Started in Rome (4 days) >> Florence (4 Days) >> Venice(3 Days) >> Napoli (3 Days) >> Salerno (3 Days)

    And yes, we did make it out to Pisa on our last day in Florence but it was an absolutely terrible day in terms of weather as it rained heavily pretty much ALL DAY. So we sort of camped out in the Baptistery while I went to try and do my Tower Climb.

    The security people tried to make a fuss because my climb was for 11.15 in the morning and I had been in the queue in the RAIN for about 25 mins and it had passed 11.30. So I told that to them firmly and they let me through

    We tried to make the best of the terrible weather but Pisa was pretty amazing even with all that rain.

    Another thing to note about the Firenze Card and the Duomo site. If I understood the people there correctly, even with the FC card, those sites are only valid for 48 hours so you need to do the Duomo, Church, Bell Tower, Baptistery within 48 hours of entering one of those sites. Would that be accurate?

    For eg, I don't think you can do the Duomo on Day 1 and Baptistery after 48 hours...but maybe I misterpreted the person at the counter.

    (FYI we did the Duomo climb and Church on Day 1 and Baptistery the next day)

    Otherwise, the FC card was everything it said it would be and it was pretty nice to just breeze past everyone in those long queues

    We had a minor hiccup when we ended up queing in the wrong place thinking its the entrance to the Church when it was the Duomo climb

    In anycase, this site and your suggested itineraries were a great source when planning out my trip. Me and my wife certainly want to come back and see the wine country and other places in Tuscany. It was all pretty amazing!

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    You did well in firmly asserting your right to climb the tower, you were in line waiting your turn!! Glad you did it, I think the tower climb is a once in a lifetime must-do

    You're right about the Duomo monuments -- even with the Firenze Card, they make you take a pass and that is valid for 48 hours. I will note that in the article too ;-)

    I do hope you get a chance to come back and explore the rest of the region, as it is in many aspects quite different from Florence but just as spectacular!
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    Default Firenze Card validity on first Sunday of the month

    Hi,

    New to the forum and also just a day old into planning our trip :-), so pl bear with me if these are often repeated/answered questions.

    We have a limited time to spend in Florence and because of our dates, we can only stay in Florence the nights of July 2 (Sunday) & July 3 (Monday). We plan to arrive by the first train from Venice which I think should be in Florence around 9:30AM.

    My questions:

    1) Since the only effective day we will have to see Academia Gallery and Uffizi is on July 2 (closed on July 3 which a Monday), can we save time by purchasing a Firenze card? Can one use a Firenze card on a free Sunday and still skip the lines on that free admission day?

    2) If we purchase Firenze cards when we arrive, can we activate them on that day, a Sunday?

    3) How long a wait time, roughly,should we expect at Academia & Uffizi in July on a Free admission Sunday?

    Thanks you in advance for all your pointers.

    Bhavin
    Last edited by bpatel; January 27, 2017 at 10:28 PM.

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    Ciao Bhavin,

    Yes, if you get the Firenze Card for that free Sunday, it is the only way to try to skip any lines.

    You can activate it the card that same day - but still expect some wait. Because the reason there are lines is for capacity limits of people inside the museum. When it gets full, you have to wait for people to exit to be able to enter. Then you also have to go through the xray security machines... I can't tell you with any certainty but even if you cut lines, be patient and expect wait from 30-60 min to get in.

    You really can't come on Saturday down to Florence and have an extra day in the city? It has more things to see than Venice
    Then you'll take better advantage of the cost of the Firenze Card -- I generally suggest avoid the Uffizi and Accademia on first Sundays, they can get quite crazy and crowded so that enjoyment of the museum itself is not quite what it should be.
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    Ciao Lourdes,

    Thank you so much for your response. We have a pretty tight schedule for this trip so we can't come in on Saturday

    But that ensures that we will be back to Tuscany fairly soon

    Will have to try and use our time as best as we can this time around.

    Would it be easier to activate the card at a different museum which is possibly less crowded and then go to Accademia/Uffizi?

    Bhavin

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