July 6, 2016, 11:50 AM
Firenze Card vs Buying tickets individually
Was hoping someone might be able to offer some advice on a decision I am trying to make
We are a group of 7 - 6 adults, 1 2-year old travelling to Florence in September for the first time.
13-17th to be exact. In all we have roughly 3 and half days as we arrive around midday by train from Rome on the 13th. We are also planning a half day trip to Pisa at some point. So it leaves a total of 3 days to spend in Firenze!
We want to see the following places
-Duomo and the other stuff on site - Baptistery, Bell Tower, Museum.
-Basilica santa croce
-Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
*(We will be going to the Piazza's but might not necessarily want to go in aka buy a ticket)
I am looking at buying tickets for the rest individually vs Firenze card vs Amici degli Uffizi card.
I tried to price these individually for 6 adults and our daughter and it came up to around 680 odd Euros. About 113 Euros per person. Unless my 2-year old figures out a way to chip in.
1) Would this be accurate?
I used the links I've added to price them. Hopefully they are the right places to book the tickets.
The Firenze card
This seems to cover all of these for 72 Euros ahead. But we are tied to 72 hour restriction
The Amicii card
Gave up on this after your comments about it and also after reading some comments about people who bought it being left in the cold when the rules changed.
The Firenze ticket seems quite reasonable for what we want to do. Saves us about 40 Euros per head.
It just means we need to pack in most of the sites on our list into a 72 hour period. Not impossible from what I read because Florence is small enough to hit them up by just walking around.
2) My only issue with it is would this make us rush through things to tick them off ? Or can they all be enjoyed in 72 hours in a leisurely pace?
3) From what I read Firenze card gives you Skip the lines access to all of these places - and we don't need to book timed-entries ? Would that be the same for things like climbing the Duomo ?
4) What about my daughter, she won't even be 2 when we are there so I was hoping she would just get in free to most places but seems like this is not the case. Are we better off getting her a full priced FC as well or should we get individual tickets just for her from the official ticket sellers online?
5) Anything else to consider?
Any help deciding on this will be greatly appreciated.
July 6, 2016, 11:53 AM
Just as some added info, we are staying near the Duomo which I can tell is quite central to all the places we'd like to see.
My initial thoughts are to knock off the Duomo sites after lunch on the day we arrive.
IF we get the FC then it would seem like we are better off doing Pisa on the last day of our trip and see Florence in the 72 hours first.
Does that seem reasonable?
July 6, 2016, 01:12 PM
Some considerations when trying to price your museum tickets to make comparisons on whether to get the Firenze Card or not:
1. consider the period of the year -- Sept is still busy so yes, the Firenze Card is useful to skip the lines. Yes, you skip lines at all museums
2. consider whether there are temporary exhibits going on -- in Sept, I wasn't able to find any listed for Uffizi or Accademia so that knocks price down to base cost + booking fee of 4 euro per ticket.
3. for large families, i understand the need to keep costs as low as possible.
- first, all kids under 18 enter free.
- to pay the least, book all state museums by phone at +39-055-294-883 - this includes the Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti Palace museums (including Boboli)
- took out links you had above as most were for 3rd party sellers that add extra commissions, so your baseline ticket costs were higher than actual cost.
4. Pitti Palace -- there are 6 museums plus the gardens, you won't be able to see everything. But there is a combined ticket to everything that lasts 3 days and includes the gardens for 11.50 euro. Otherwise, separate tickets for the gardens and some museums and not others, so price could be just 7 per person if you were interested in Boboli and the other museums included with Boboli (silver, porcelain, costume).
Keeping all these things in mind, I was able to price all of your MUST museums to a total of 60,50 euros, including prebooked tickets for just the Uffizi and Accademia, much lower than the over 100 euro per person you had come to.
If you add Santa Croce and SMN, that is an extra 11 euros and therefore you come right to around the 72 euros per person which equals the cost of the Firenze Card.
So considering you are borderline and have priority access and have the 3 days to spend in Florence, I would suggest you DO GET THE FIRENZE CARD! Cost is more or less the same and you won't have to worry about getting tickets for one museum and not the other. Do Pisa on the last day! No need for any tickets for your 2 year old, she will get in free with you to all museums, no need for any extra tickets (you only pay the prebooking fee at Uffizi and Accademia once they are over 5 years old).
As far as the Amici degli Uffizi card, it only lets you in into Uffizi and Pitti Palace -- so I no longer recommend it as alternative to the FC for visiting museums in Florence.
July 6, 2016, 01:39 PM
Thanks for the detailed response Laurdes.
Wow a huge difference between what I got and your per/person cost. But Yes, I think the FC card makes sense for us. We won't need to think too much about reserving times etc for the main attractions with this.
With the Pitti Palace I only cared to see the Palantine Muesuem and the Royal Apartments. This is included in FC from what I can tell? And then head into Boboli.
In addition, could I pick your brain about a potential plan for our days to make the best use of our time, so that we are not criss-crossing too much.
My plan so far is
Day 1, Arrive mid day, check in, have lunch, and Go to see the Duomo and it's sites.
Day 2, Uffizi in the morning + What do you recommend I add to this day
Day 3, Academia in the morn + ??
Day 4, Half Day morning trip to Pisa, hope to be back around after lunch, say, and just enjoy the last day in Florence
FYI I've read your 3-day itenerary on the site; maybe I should just take cues from that?
Also - I can see most sites are open upto around 6pm etc. Is there daylight around that time of day in Sept? When does it get dark around Sept?
Sept is at the back end of the tourist season - is it super crowded or a bit less in Sept?
July 6, 2016, 01:48 PM
Definitely dividing Uffizi and Accademia into different days makes the most sense.
As far as the others, I would concentrate on keeping things in the area you're in ---
Uffizi + Pitti/Boboli (yes, all are included in the FC)
Accademia + Palazzo Vecchio + either Santa Croce or SMN could fit in
Once you have the Firenze Card, you might fit in other museums you hadn't considered --- take a look at the 3 day itinerary I created with the goal of getting the "most" out of the card. It is pretty packed so I wouldn't suggest doing everything with a 2 year old in tow, but you could fit in maybe the Bargello OR Medici Chapels.
I would do Pisa late afternoon if you still have things in Florence you want to see as your pass will still be valid for that last morning -- the 72 hours starts from the time you enter the first museum and "activate" it.
Do not buy the FC ahead of time, just go buy it once you get in Florence. Buying online you get a voucher you need to go and exchange anyways, so it makes no difference to get it ahead of time!!
July 6, 2016, 02:31 PM
Ok that sounds great. I will take a look at the itenerary again.
Where do you pick up and/or buy the tickets if you do book ahead? We arrive at the SM Novella station. Can you get it there?
July 6, 2016, 06:57 PM
To buy or to just pick up, you can do so right across from the SMN train station -- cross the piazza to head to the tourist info office and you can get it there.
Piazza Stazione 4
Open Mondays to Saturdays 9.00-18.30; Sunday and holidays 9.00-13.30.
July 13, 2016, 08:31 AM
Thanks for all your help Lourdes.
Happy to report that we went ahead and booked our Firenze cards online !!
Regarding sunset hours. Is it still decent daylight around 630-7pm around September?
When does the Sun usually set around that time of year?
July 13, 2016, 04:58 PM
We're close enough to Rome for this to be a good indicator:
around 7.45pm at the beginning of the month, around 6.50pm by the end of the month.
October 12, 2016, 02:28 AM
Hi Laurdes and everyone on the site.
We just got back from our trip to Italy and I can safely say Florence was my favorite city for sure.
For anyone considering getting the Firenze Card I would highly recommend getting it if you are going to see a number of museums as outlined in the great article on this site on the FC.
We actually ended up using it a heck of a lot more than I had originally planned.
In the end we saw - in order
Duomo + Climb + Church
It was so easy to use the card and we skipped the line at every single place which was great as we had a 2-year old in tow.
One thing I should mention is that you still need to get your card scanned at all the sites and get an entrance voucher. A couple of times I did not think we needed to get one my daughter because she got in "free" but we still needed to get this "free ticket" so that she had some sort of entrance recepit. So I ended up having to double back to the counters to get one for her.
Apart from that when you pick up the card you get a nice lanyard and a great map with all the sites that the FC gives you access to.
It was all smooth sailing for us and the FC entrance lines (which were a seperate (small) queue most of the time was all easy to spot).
Anywho, thanks for all the great tips and advice on this site guys. I hope to return to this wonderful city one day in the future and see more of it.
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