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August 23rd, 2004, 06:56 AM
We will be on the May 15 sailing of the Millenium. I have been looking at the excursions. If we should the "Florence on your own" can we go to the Accademia museum? I sit right there in town? Only one of the tours offers this as a stop, but we would like to explore on our own also. Thanks.
August 23rd, 2004, 11:09 AM
Yes, but there will be a huge line. Try and pre-book beforehand. It only cost about 6 Euros extra and you walk straight in.
August 23rd, 2004, 09:16 PM
thank you, that's a big help.
August 24th, 2004, 12:01 PM
Really? How do you prebook to get in to the Accademia?Thanks
August 24th, 2004, 12:29 PM
Here is a web site where you make reservations--www.weekendafirenze.com
August 24th, 2004, 01:02 PM
To make reservations for entry to the Accademia (and Uffizi, too) in Florence, call 011 (U.S. international access code) 39 (Italy's country code) then 055-294-883 8:30-18:30 M-F and 8:30-12:00 Sat. (their time). An English-speaking reservationist will give you a date and time and confirmation number for your museum visit. You don't pay until you get to the museum. There is a nominal service charge (3E this summer) for the reservation in addition to the standard admission price (6,50E this summer), but by reserving directly with the museum's official reservation service, the price (including brief phone call) is less than the service charge imposed by commercial ticket sellers.
Whether you reserve through a ticket agency or directly, when you arrive, go directly to the advance reservations line. You will feel like such a savvy traveler when you compare the length of that line to the walk-up line! Some date in September, 2004 is the 500th anniversary of "David," and he's just been cleaned up for his big b'day, so everyone's going to check him out!
August 24th, 2004, 10:37 PM
I agree with Artemis. The first time we went to Florence we stood in a line for over an hour to see David. The next time we went we prebooked our tickets for the Uffizi and it was great to just walk in.
David was and is my favourite of everything we have seen in Florence and if you can only make time for one place, make sure it is David.
Climbing to the top of the Duomo was a big challenge for me as I am claustrophobic and I still am proud of that achievement. The view is out of this world and well worth the effort of climbing over 700 steps. (I think)
Also go the market and rub the Boars nose, just to make sure you will return again!
September 1st, 2004, 09:38 PM
We will be in Florence on Oct. 5 and plan to go to the Accademia. It was mentioned to me that the David was undergoing some restoration this year. Have you heard this? Will it be a problem seeing David?
September 1st, 2004, 10:30 PM
I also hear they are closed on Mondays. Does anyone know if this is so?
September 2nd, 2004, 12:14 AM
Yes, most museums in Europe are closed on Mondays.
September 2nd, 2004, 12:58 AM
We were in Florence the last week of July and the restoration had been completed several months before. It is well worth seeing. We had advanced reservations and went to the front of the line. Saved us at least an hour in line.
September 6th, 2004, 02:10 AM
Is the reservation fee for the Accademia per ticket, or per reservation?
Thanks in advance for the info.