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    Default Cameras NOT Allowed

    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me is there are any venues i.e. Museums, Churches in Florence where cameras are NOT allowed?

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    Unfortunately, the majority of museums do not allow cameras or photos inside. You can't take pictures inside the Uffizi museum although you CAN take pictures in the corridors toward the outdoors, that is to the view, for example of the Ponte Vecchio; the Accademia Gallery (all pictures of the David were taken "illegally", there is always someone patrolling and people do take pics but that first one has to be good because then they practically yell at you); for some reason within the SMN church you also can't take pictures. You cannot take pics inside the San Lorenzo church or the Medici chapels. No pics in the Pitti museums or in the Orsanmichele church.

    You can take pictures as long as without flash inside the cathedral, inside the Santa Croce church and inside the cells of San Marco's monastery. You can take pics in the courtyard of the Bargello museum but not the museum's rooms. Haven't been in the baptistery in a while, can't remember that one..... the Museo dell'Opera is another museum where you can't take photos. Ah, you can take pictures inside Palazzo Vecchio, no flash of course but the rooms are pretty bright. You can take pics of the frescoes in the Brancacci chapel without flash which is really nice but light is not very bright in the side chapel, when I've tried before the pictures came out all blurry.

    Ok if you have a specific museum or church in mind, do ask since I might have forgotten a major one right now!
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    Hi Lourdes,

    I was actually wondering about The Uffizi and Accademia as the only other place I am sure I am going to is Boboli Gardens at this time. I was just wondering, since I am the kind of guy to be alking by some place and say "this looks cool, let's go in", what the common thread was for cameras. Thanks for your help it was truly apprecated.

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    Sounds like a good plan!

    The Boboli gardens are beautiful, you'll have wonderful shots of Florence from there as well from around the Kaffehaus (which I think might not be open at the moment). Anyways, the area from which you can see the Duomo and the rest of Florence is behind the Pitti Palace, to the left of the beautiful view of the round theater in the back.
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    Question Re: Cameras NOT Allowed

    Lourdes, please tell me: if you can take pictures in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence (I made it myself, two years ago), I can suppose that the same possibility is in Palazzo Pubblico in Siena? Yes or no?

    About what you said lately: in 2010, I could take pictures without problems in Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
    Something courious seems to me in Palazzo Medici-Riccardi: althought is allowed to take as much pictures you want at Luca Giordano's ceiling, it is forbidden - but very-very strongly! - to "make a move" at Benozzo Gozzolli's Cappella dei Magi... So pitty...

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    Default NO cameras in Palazzo Pubblico in Siena :(

    Ciao Diana,

    Yes, you can take pictures in Palazzo Vecchio but when we were last in Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena did NOT allow pictures
    I just checked my pics from Siena, and there are no pics of the inside of Palazzo Pubblico so I remembered correctly. You CAN take pics of the inside of the cathedral and the baptistery and crypt.

    Photos are also allowed in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and like you said, the frescoes in the Cappella dei Magi are well guarded to avoid pics - they only allow small groups at a time so they can definitely watch you!!
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    Default Re: NO cameras in Palazzo Pubblico in Siena :(

    Dear Lourdes, thank you alot!
    What do you know about taking pictures in San Gimignano (Douomo, Palazzo del Popolo and Sant'Agostino)?

    A detail about Siena: in 2010 it was allow to take pic in Douomo and Baptistery (also at Duomo), but NOT at the Crypt - I remember very well they said to me "NO, mam!"... And in Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, only in some parts, not in the principal hall, where are the main beauties...

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    Default thanks for sharing about Siena

    Good to know about the differences in photographing the various places within Siena. I remember I could definitely take pictures in the Duomo and Baptistery but don't remember about the crypt or museum at all - will be in Siena at the end of the month and will pay careful attention to places that do allow photography and those that don't .

    Not sure about San Gimignano... will see if I can find some info on the places you've mentioned or someone else can provide some feedback!
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    Default Re: thanks for sharing about Siena

    Oh, Lourdes, I wish you a wonderful journey!
    Anxious to hear from you what did you discover there about this problem.
    I am leaving at the end of August: Florence, Arezzo, Siena, San Gimignano, Orvieto, Pisa, Lucca and Cinque Terre, for 16-18 days... with my 82 y.o. mother.

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    Default 16-18 days sound like the right amount of time for your itinerary!

    Thank you Diana-Andreia! I'll report back with any additional info that might be useful.


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